MORE MATCH REPORTS...

 

Aviva Premiership logo 2015-16

Aviva Premiership 2014-15

Aviva Premiership 2013-14

Aviva Premiership 2012-13

Aviva Premiership 2011-12

Aviva Premiership 2010-11


Ultimate Rugby Calendar

Social Media Live

British & Irish Lions 2017

Top 14 2011-12

Guinness PRO12

Super Rugby

Eccellenza

Sevens Unplugged

European Rugby Champions Cup

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Six Nations Unplugged

Anglo Welsh Cup

Americas Rugby Championship

Autumn Internationals

The Rugby Championship

Olympics Rio 2016

Summer Tours 2016

BarbariansRWC 2015 Unplugged

IDRC 2015

RWC 2015 Warm Ups

LV= Cup [Anglo-Welsh]

Summer Tours 2014

RaboDirect Pro12

Heineken Cup 2013-14

Amlin Challenge Cup

British & Irish Lions 2013

Rugby World Cup Home

RWC Warm Up Matches

 
ELSEWHERE INKOLOGO

Aviva Premiership Final 2017 win tickets

Guinness PRO12 Final 2017 win tickets

Ultimate Rugby Calendar

Social Media Live

Lions Unplugged 2017

Gatland's Lions 2017

Six Nations Unplugged

Autumn Internationals 2012

The Great Gatland

Movers & Shakers

Rio 2016 Unplugged

Summer Tours 2016

Competitions

England A New Dawn

Rugby News

Sevens Unplugged

RUTube

Jonah Lomu

The Glass Ceiling

Rugby World Cup 2015

Editor's Mark

Match Reports

RWC 2015 Warm Ups

IDRC 2015

Jerry Collins

The Rugby Championship

Summer Tours 2014

Lions Unplugged 2013

Lions RAW The Review

Summer Tours 2013

Movies

Showbiz

Skyfall Review

Up Close & Personal

RWC Unplugged

Literature

The Ticket Office

Travel

Harry Potter Special

Invictus Special

 


Final

WaspsWASPS 20 - 23 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Twickenham - Saturday 27 May 2017
KO: 14:30 HT: 10-14

Premiership Cup Final winners Exeter Chiefs 2017HOW IT HAPPENED MINUTE BY MINUTE…

Wasps v Chiefs Referee: JP Doyle Asst Referees: Matt Carley, Luke Pearce TMO: Rowan Kitt
Wasps v Chiefs A moments silence for Manchester before KO in the glorious sunshine...
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 1m We have KO & it's a scrum to the Chiefs almost immediately on halfway
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 3m Good scrum from Chiefs & the penalty kick gives them a lineout in Wasps' 22
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 4m Wasps again hand over a penalty in their own 22 for a Chiefs 5m lineout
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 5m Nathan Hughes disrupts the resulting maul form the lineout & Wasps can clear...
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 6m Chiefs battle hard to get back into Wasps territory but forced back to midfield
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 7m Chiefs lose possession but Danny Cipriani's kick to touch is appalling
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 8m Massive hit on Gareth Steenson by Hughes & Wasps steam towards the Chiefs 22
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 9m Wasps lose their excellent opportunity to score & Chiefs charge back over halfway
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 11m Back up to the Wasps 22, Chiefs attack but are firmly halted in their tracks
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 13m Wasps push back up to midfield but Chiefs are determined & create attacking lineout
Wasps 0-0 Chiefs 14m The maul from the lineout is in Chiefs' favour & Jack Nowell peels away & charges...
Wasps 0-7 Chiefs 15m ... to score a magnificent try which Steenson converts with ease
Wasps 0-7 Chiefs 16m The reply from Wasps is to bolt directly into the Chiefs' 22 & stopped 5m out
Wasps 0-7 Chiefs 17m Chiefs halt the 7-point advance, but hand over a penalty in front of posts
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 18m Jimmy Gopperth opens the Wasps account with an easy 3 points
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 19m Chiefs charge deep into Wasps territory while Guy Thompson replaces Hughes
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 20m Wasps defend well & play soon shifts back over halfway
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 21m Chiefs scrum to come on Wasps 10m but time off as Tommy Taylor gets treatment
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 22m Aerial football ensues from the scrum & Wasps are in possession again...
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 23m ...but it's Chiefs who come away with the ball again as their fans chant well!
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 24m Possession exchange is fast; Nowell disrupts play & Elliot Daly knocks on...
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 26m ...Chiefs attack aggressively & Steenson kick gives them lineout outside Wasps' 22
Wasps 3-7 Chiefs 27m Another penalty comes to Chiefs after the lineout & their gagging to score again
Wasps 3-12 Chiefs 28m Excellent hands from Chiefs & put Phil Dollman over the whitewash to score
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 29m Dollman scores his 1st try of the season & Steenson adds the extras
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 32m Wasps reply in the same fashion by residing in Chiefs' 22 after conceding try
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 34m 2 minutes later & they're still there but Stuart Townsend intercepts pass...
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 35m ...& he bolts away before kicking ball a long way over halfway
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 36m Wasps regain possession & steadily get back over halfway for attacking lineout
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 37m But Wasps falter again, plays back in midfield & Chiefs have an attacking lineout
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 38m Far too many handling errors from Wasps but they end up with ball in midfield
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 39m Wasps lineout on the Chiefs' 22 but Taylor doesn't do well with it - Chiefs' ball
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 40m Chiefs clear over halfway & Wasps have to work hard for territory again...
Wasps 3-14 Chiefs 40m ...ball comes out slow from breakdown on Chiefs' 10m but great hands from Wasps...
Wasps 8-14 Chiefs 40+1m ...Cipriani to Taylor to Dan Robson to Gopperth like lightning he scores!
Wasps 10-14 Chiefs 40+2m Gopperth converts his own try & it's not looking so bad at HT

Wasps 10-14 Chiefs T: Gopperth C: Gopperth P: Gopperth | T: Nowell, Dollman C: Steenson (2)

Wasps 10-14 Chiefs HT Well that was exciting! So much so it didn't all get reported!
Wasps 10-14 Chiefs HT at 26 mins, Hughes passed his HIA & returned while Marty Moore replaced Phil Swainston
Wasps 10-14 Chiefs HT at 26 mins, Swainston won't be returning to the field after failing his HIA

Wasps 10-14 Chiefs 41m We're back & the Chiefs are in control already again
Wasps 10-14 Chiefs 43m But from deep in Wasps' 22, Hughes tackles Dollman & steals possession...
Wasps 10-14 Chiefs 43m ...who drags in defenders, ball gets out to Christian Wade who sprints into Chiefs' 22
Wasps 15-14 Chiefs 44m ...gets taken down but Daly collects ball & runs round under posts to score
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 45m Gopperth converts & Wasps are in front while Dollman is down injured
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 46m Superb play from Wasps; Dollman is up but struggling
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 46m Eventually Henry Slade replaces Dollman while Chiefs have possession in midfield
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 48m Steenson's kick to touch is too long; Wasps have the scrum back on halfway...
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 49m Wasps make some yards & are up halfway between Chiefs' 10 & 22
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 50m But it's a Chiefs defensive lineout & they drive just short of halfway before clearing
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 51m Wasps hit back hard & they bulldoze their way back into Chiefs' territory & up to the 22
Wasps 17-14 Chiefs 52m Time off for water boys & medics etc to invade the pitch for a while...
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 54m Wasps have a penalty & Gopperth adds another 3 points
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 56m Lees, Chudley, Yeandle, Rimmer & Francis are on for...
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 57m ...Horstmann, Townsend, Cowan-Dickie, Moon & Williams
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 58m Simpson, McIntyre & Myall on for Robson, Mullan & Symons
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 59m Play is back in midfield but time off; Prince Harry's enjoying the game
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 60m Chiefs' scrum on halfway - most of the field is bathed in sunshine...
Wasps 20-14 Chiefs 62m Scrum won by Chiefs & Wasps conceded penalty at breakdown
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 63m Steenson narrows the gap to just 3 with his kick splicing the uprights
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 65m Thomson & Johnson replace Taylor & Young | Simmonds for Dennis
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 67m Chiefs are just a couple of metres short of the Wasps' tryline, picking & going
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 68m 34 phases later & pass to Nowell floats a tad too long for Wasps defence...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 68m ...to catch him dead & prevent an otherwise easy try; back for penalty tho
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 69m Chiefs opt for a 5m attacking scrum & the teams take an age to set it
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 70m Oh so much setting...& we wait as Chiefs' fans make their Indian chant...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 71m Chiefs retain the ball but it's all v slow; Wasps disrupt the momentum
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 72m Short but powerful drive out wide from Chiefs but don't get ball down on tryline
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 72m Penalty to Chiefs again & it's another 5m attacking scrum...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 73m Scrum won but Wasps cause havoc & Gopperth clears the ball towards touch...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 73m ...but it doesn't find touch so Chiefs can go again from Wasps' 22...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 74m ...but Wasps push back & shove Chiefs away from the danger zone
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 75m 5 minutes to go & Chiefs have to score now to win this Premiership...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 76m Chiefs are back in Wasps territory & lurking around the 22...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 77m Campagnaro replaces Devoto while Chiefs are still in possession…
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 78m Wasps wrestle back the ball, but it changes hands again...
Wasps 20-17 Chiefs 79m ...but Hughes yet again gives away an oh so easy penalty to the Chiefs
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 80m It's full time & Steenson equalises to take the match into extra time!
Wasps (10) 20-20 (14) Chiefs 80m T: Gopperth, Daly C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2) | T: Nowell, Dollman C: Steenson (2) P: Steenson (2)
Wasps (10) 20-20 (14) Chiefs 80m An extra 10 minutes each way to find an Aviva Premiership Champion
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 81m ET Thompson knocks on after the restart giving Chiefs a scrum in midfield
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 82m ET The scrum takes an age then wheels - Chiefs penalty but Moore down
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 83m ET Moore's off- Mullan's back on; penalty Chiefs from scrum & Steenson kicks
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 84m ET Chiefs lineout at Wasps 22 & they're n a great position to attack now
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 85m ET Wasps win a penalty 5m from their own tryline - time off...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 85m ET Wasps captain Joe Launchbury is getting attention from the medics
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 85m ET Wasps clear & play is back in the midfield- Chiefs lose their opportunity
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 87m ET Wasps lineout just inside their own half is won & they clear for 5m lineout...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 88m ET Not quite 5m actually - more like 7 but deep in Chiefs' 22
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 89m ET Plan didn't work & Wasps are shoved back outside the Chiefs' 22...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 90m ET Chiefs defensive lineout just outside 22 but it's poor & Johnson pounces
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs HT ET T: Gopperth, Daly C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2) | T: Nowell, Dollman C: Steenson (2) P: Steenson (2)
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 92m ET Final half of extra time...no one's scored but Chiefs are in Wasps' 22
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 94m ET Chiefs still in possession & are inches from the Wasps' tryline...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 94m ET Chiefs drive over tryline en mass- but so many of them there's nothing to see
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 94m ET Off to the TMO but doubt he has any visible angles either...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 94m ET We can all see the ball grounded in replays - but can't see the tryline
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 95m ET No try so Chiefs penalty - 5m scrum is set...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 95m ET The atmosphere has probably never been so electric at Twickenham!
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 96m ET It's awfully tribal! Scrum reset....
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 96m ET Mullan goes down - if he goes off it's uncontested scrums
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 96m ET Time off. If it's still 20-20 in 4 minutes, it's a kicking game
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 97m ET Mullan collapses the scrum - the penalty belongs to the Chiefs...
Wasps 20-20 Chiefs 97m ET ...Steenson tees up penalty from just off centre just inside the 22...
Wasps 20-23 Chiefs 98m ET ...Steenson scores what could be the winning points with his penalty...
Wasps 20-23 Chiefs 99m ET ...90 seconds to go & Chiefs just have to hold on & not concede anything
Wasps 20-23 Chiefs 99m ET The crowd are counting down last 10 seconds with Wasps in Chiefs' 22...
Wasps 20-23 Chiefs FT ET ...& ball is kicked into touch for Exeter Chiefs Aviva Premiership win!

Wasps15 Willie Le Roux 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 1 Matt Mullan 2 Tommy Taylor 3 Phil Swainston 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 5 Matt Symons 6 James Haskell 7 Thomas Young 8 Nathan Hughes BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Guy Thompson 21 Joe Simpson  22 Alapati Leiua  23 Frank Halai

SCORERS  T: Gopperth, Daly C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2)

Exeter Chiefs15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 Olly Woodburn 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Stuart Townsend 1 Ben Moon 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 3 Harry Williams 4 Dave Dennis 5 Geoff Parling 6 Kai Horstmann 7 Don Armand 8 Thomas Waldrom BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Tomas Francis 19 Mitch Lees 20 Sam Simmonds 21 Will Chudley 22 Henry Slade 23 Michele Campagnaro

SCORERS T: Nowell, Dollman C: Steenson (2) P: Steenson (3)

Referee: JP Doyle Asst Referees: Matt Carley, Luke Pearce TMO: Rowan Kitt

top

 

 


Semi Finals

SF1
Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 18 - 16 SARACENSSaracens

Sandy Park - Saturday 20 May 2017
KO: 14:30 HT: 6-6

EXETER CHIEFS stunned defending champions Saracens to book their second straight Aviva Premiership Final appearance in the most dramatic of circumstances at Sandy Park, with Sam Simmonds snatching victory right at the death.

The scores were level after an absorbing, end-to-end first half, as Owen Farrell and Gareth Steenson cancelled each other out with two penalties each.

And the capacity crowd at Sandy Park were treated to another epic arm wrestle in the second half, as Jack Nowell and Chris Wyles crossed at either end, before Mike Ellery looked to have won it five minutes from time with a remarkable, acrobatic score.

But Exeter’s remarkable character came to the fore once again, as replacement Henry Slade slammed a huge penalty into touch five metres out, and Simmonds rumbled over with the clock ticking into the red to deny European champions Saracens an historic double-double.

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Stuart Townsend 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Don Armand 6 Kai Horstmann 5 Geoff Parling 4 Dave Dennis 3 Harry Williams 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Tomas Francis 19 Mitch Lees 20 Sam Simmonds 21 Will Chudley 22 Henry Slade 23 Michele Campagnaro

SCORERS T: Nowell, Simmonds C: Steenson P: Steenson (2)

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Duncan Taylor 11 Chris Wyles 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Jackson Wray 6 Michael Rhodes 5 George Kruis 4 Maro Itoje 3 Vincent Koch 2 Jamie George 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Schalk Burger 21 Ben Spencer 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Mike Ellery (40)

SCORERS T: Wyles, Ellery P: Farrell (2)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

SF2
WaspsWASPS 21 - 20 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Ricoh Arena - Saturday 20 May 2017
KO: 17:15 HT: 16-13

JOSH BASSETT’S last-gasp score booked Wasps’ first Aviva Premiership Rugby Final appearance in four years after overcoming Leicester Tigers 21-20 in another stunning semi-final clash.

The hosts held a slender 16-13 lead after a feisty first half, with the boot of Jimmy Gopperth edging them ahead after Kurtley Beale and Peter Betham traded scores.

And despite a dogged backs-to-the-wall performance from Tigers in the second half after Telusa Veainu put them ahead, Bassett came off the bench to win it for Wasps with a minute remaining and lift the lid off the Ricoh Arena.

It was Tigers’ fourth straight defeat in Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals, while Wasps kept their remarkable 100 per cent winning record at home this season intact. As a result, the top two teams in the Premiership will face each other in the final at Twickenham in seven days time.

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Willie Le Roux 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Thomas Young 6 James Haskell 5 Matt Symons 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Phil Swainston 2 Ashley Johnson 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Tommy Taylor 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 James Gaskell 20 Guy Thompson 21 Dan Robson 22 Alapati Leiua 23 Josh Bassett

SCORERS T: Beale, Bassett C: Gopperth P: Gopperth (3)

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Mathew Tait 12 Owen Williams 11 Peter Betham 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Greg Bateman 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Ed Slater 20 Mike Williams 21 Sam Harrison 22 Jack Roberts 23 Matt Smith

SCORERS T: Betham, Veainu C: Burns (2) P: Burns (2)

Referee: Matt Carley

top

 

 


Week 22Aviva Premiership Week 22

NEWCASTLE FALCONS secured eighth place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table thanks to a 39-27 win over Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate to finish the season. Needing to win, and defeats for both Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints, Newcastle were provisionally in seventh until a late try for Northampton saw them drop down a spot. That means they missed out on a Champions Cup play-off place, but this was still a promising display, with Vereniki Goneva scoring two tries, and it could have been a hat-trick but for some late generosity. Falcons scored five tries in all, the others from Mark Wilson, Marcus Watson and Chris Harris, while Bristol managed four of their own from Jamal Ford-Robinson, Jack O'Connell, Jack Tovey and Mitch Eadie in their final game of the campaign.

EXETER CHIEFS came from behind to beat Gloucester Rugby and secure a home semi-final against Saracens, but they had to work hard to get the win. Tries from Lewis Ludlow and Jonny May gave the hosts a slender 15-13 half-time lead, but Gareth Steenson’s boot and an Ian Whitten score kept the Chiefs in touch. And the visitors proved too strong in the second period, with Ben Moon, James Short and Will Chudley all crossing to give Rob Baxter’s side the win, despite May crossing for his second after Short’s try. The win meant Exeter finish second in the table behind Wasps and set up a semi-final clash with Saracens, but they did not have it all their own way at Kingsholm.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS edged Harlequins 22-20 in a pulsating affair at Franklin’s Gardens, but the visitors’ losing bonus point means they finish sixth earning automatic qualification to next season’s European Champions Cup. Saints needed to beat the London side and deny them a bonus point, but Quins held on to clinch sixth place while the home side face a qualification play-off. The sides scored two tries each before the break as they went in level pegging at 17-17 – Joe Marchant and George North exchanging tries shortly before the break. A Nick Evans penalty kept Saints at arms length for a quarter of the game before replacement Api Ratuniyarawa gave the hosts the lead. But Quins held out to lose by just two points in a frantic final ten minutes in the East Midlands.

BATH RUGBY missed out on the Aviva Premiership Rugby top four after coming out on the wrong side of a six-try thriller with Sale Sharks. Knowing nothing but a bonus-point win would be enough, Max Clark scored in the first half but Bath were not able to get a lead, as Denny Solomona and Ben Curry both crossed for the hosts, 20-10. Josh Charnley got Sale’s third but a penalty score and Matt Banahan kept Bath fighting right until the last, with three points separating the two sides heading into the closing five minutes. But the score was not to be forthcoming as Bath finished in fifth place, though it was the perfect way for some of the Sharks legends to sign off at the AJ Bell Stadium.

THOMAS YOUNG’S sensational hat-trick paved the way for a bonus-point triumph for Wasps over Saracens, which saw them top the Aviva Premiership Rugby pile and book a home semi-final berth. After a 15 minute delay to kick off following congestion outside the stadium, the flanker went over twice in a first half where Wasps were well on top, with Ben Spencer’s break from the base of a maul keeping Sarries in touch at 16-10. But a try for Christian Wade – who equalled the record for most tries scored in a 22-game Premiership Rugby season – was followed by another by Elliot Daly. And despite Spencer’s consolation effort, Young made it an afternoon to remember with his third in the dying moments.

THE immaculate kicking of Freddie Burns booked Leicester Tigers a spot in the semi-finals for the 13th consecutive season as they edged an end-of-season thriller against Worcester Warriors at Sixways. Burns booted 20 points from the tee and added a drop-goal for good measure to secure a 15th straight win for Tigers over Worcester. The Warriors had won three of their last four home games since Gary Gold took over as head coach, but with two points needed to guarantee Leicester a place in the top-four, Burns kept the scoreboard ticking over to finish the job in style and set up a semi-final trip to Wasps in a fortnight.

RESULTS

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 27 - 39 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Ashton Gate - Saturday 06 May 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 3-18

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Gavin Henson 11 Jack Tovey 10 Billy Searle 9 Alby Mathewson 8 Mitch Eadie 7 Olly Robinson 6 Sam Jeffries 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 MARC JONES (C) 1 Jack O’Connell BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Ollie Dawe 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Ben Glynn 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Andy Uren 22 Tusi Pisi 23 Siale Piutau

SCORERS T: Ford-Robinson, O'Connell, Tovey, Eadie C: Woodward (2) P: Henson

FALCONS: 15 Marcus Watson 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Opeti Fonua 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Sean Robinson 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Kyle Cooper 17 Ben Harris 18 Scott Wilson 19 Will Witty 20 Callum Chick 21 Sam Egerton 22 Craig Willis 23 Alex Tait

SCORERS T: Mark Wilson, Goneva (2), Watson, Chris Harris C: Takulua (4) P: Takulua (2)

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 20 - 34 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Kingsholm - Saturday 06 May 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 15-13

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Jonny May 10 Billy Twelvetrees 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Lewis Ludlow 6 Freddie Clarke 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Yann Thomas 18 Josh Hohneck 19 Jeremy Thrush 20 Jacob Rowan 21 Willi Heinz 22 Ollie Thorley 23 Henry Trinder

SCORERS T: Ludlow, May (2) C: Laidlaw P: Laidlaw

CHIEFS: 15 Jack Nowell 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Stuart Townsend 8 Kai Horstmann 7 Julian Salvi 6 Dave Dennis 5 Geoff Parling 4 Ollie Atkins 3 Harry Williams 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Tomas Francis 19 Sam Skinner 20 Sam Simmonds 21 Will Chudley 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Whitten, Moon, Short, Chudley C: Steenson (4) P: Steenson (2)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 22 - 20 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 06 May 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 17-17

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 George North 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Luther Burrell 11 Ben Foden 10 Harry Mallinder 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 TOM WOOD (C) 6 Jamie Gibson 5 David Ribbans 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Dylan Hartley 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Mikey Haywood 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Gareth Denman 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Lee Dickson 22 Sam Olver 23 Rory Hutchinson

SCORERS T: North, Waller, Ratuniyarawa C: Mallinder (2) P: Mallinder

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 Karl Dickson 8 Mat Luamanu 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 JAMES HORWILL (C) 4 Charlie Matthews 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Will Collier 19 George Merrick 20 Dave Ward 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Horwill, Marchant C: Evans (2) P: Evans (2) Yellow Card Matthews

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 27 - 24 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

AJ Bell Stadium - Saturday 06 May 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 20-10

 

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Byron McGuigan 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Tom Curry 6 Ben Curry 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Ross Harrison 2 Rob Webber 1 James Flynn BENCH: 16 Cameron Neild 17 Jake Pope 18 Diogo Ferreira 19 George Nott 20 Magnus Lund 21 Peter Stringer 22 Mark Jennings 23 Josh Charnley

SCORERS T: Solomona, Ben Curry, Charnley C: MacGinty (3) P: MacGinty (2) Yellow Card Briggs

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Matt Banahan 13 Max Clark 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 RHYS PRIESTLAND (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 FRANCOIS LOUW (CC) 6 Tom Ellis 5 Dave Attwood 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Shaun Knight 2 Chris Brooker 1 Beno Obano BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Darryl Marfo 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Matt Garvey 20 Paul Grant 21 Chris Cook 22 George Ford 23 Robbie Fruean

SCORERS T: Clark, PT, Banahan C: Priestland (2), Ford P: Priestland Yellow Card Knight, Louw

Referee: Greg Garner

 

WaspsWASPS 35 - 15 SARACENSSaracens

Ricoh Arena - Saturday 06 May 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 16-10

 

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Willie Le Roux 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Thomas Young 6 James Haskell 5 Matt Symons 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Phil Swainston 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Guy Thompson 21 Dan Robson 22 Alapati Leiua

SCORERS T: Young (3), Wade, Daly C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2)

SARACENS: 15 Chris Wyles 14 Mike Ellery 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Nick Tompkins 11 Sean Maitland 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Ben Spencer 8 Schalk Burger 7 Jackson Wray 6 Michael Rhodes 5 George Kruis 4 Jim Hamilton 3 Vincent Koch 2 SCHALK BRITS (C) 1 Titi Lamositele BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Richard Barrington 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Nick Isiekwe 20 Kelly Brown 21 Henry Taylor 22 Alex Goode 23 Nathan Earle

SCORERS T: Spencer (2) C: Lozowski P: Bosch Yellow Card Maitland

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER 23 - 28 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Sixways - Saturday 06 May 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 13-16

 

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Ben Te’o 11 Perry Humphreys 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Marco Mama 7 Dewald Potgieter 6 Phil Dowson 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Gareth Milasinovich 2 Joe Taufete’e 1 Ryan Bower BENCH: 16 Jack Singleton 17 Ryan Grant 18 James Johnston 19 Darren Barry 20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Cooper Vuna

SCORERS T: Pennell, Heen, Olivier C: Mills P: Mills (2)

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Jack Roberts 12 Owen Williams 11 Peter Betham 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Greg Bateman 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Mike Fitzgerald 20 Harry Thacker 21 Sam Harrison 22 Matt Smith 23 George Worth

SCORERS T: Tom Youngs C: Burns P: Burns (6) DG: Burns

Referee: Tom Foley

top

 

 


Week 21Aviva Premiership Week 21

NICK EVANS capped a memorable final appearance for Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop by scoring 22 points as they downed Aviva Premiership Rugby league-leaders Wasps. The former New Zealand international arrived at Harlequins in 2008 and has been a key ingredient in the club’s success over the last ten years – and against Wasps he turned back the clocks with an all-action display ahead of his summer retirement. Heading into the encounter, Wasps knew a bonus-point win would have secured them top spot in the Premiership and guaranteed a home semi-final but now they must beat Saracens on the final weekend in Round 22. But instead of a flurry of tries, only Dan Robson crossed the whitewash, while the remaining points came from the boot of Jimmy Gopperth, and two sin-binnings did not help matters as Willie le Roux and Joe Launchbury were dismissed by referee Wayne Barnes. Comparatively, Harlequins are firmly in the hunt for a top-six finish after Tim Visser and Joe Marchant tries – and a near flawless kicking display from Evans – delivered the goods.

SONATANE TAKULUA scored all of Newcastle Falcons’ points – including a late converted try – to down a spirited Worcester Warriors side in the North East. Falcons led 6-0 at the break courtesy of Takulua’s boot and built their lead up to nine points after the break. But Warriors fought back and scored through Wynand Olivier and a penalty try to lead the match with 15 minutes to go. But Takulua was the hero after he squeezed over the line and converted his own try to edge the contest by two points.

FREDDIE BURNS gave a starring performance in his final home appearance for Leicester Tigers to put them on brink of qualification for the semi-finals with a bonus-point victory over Sale Sharks. Burns was one of five Leicester try scorers, scoring 19 points in total, while Owen Williams and Jack Roberts also struck on what were their Welford Road farewells, alongside Graham Kitchener and George McGuigan. The visitors secured to tries through Rob Webber and Bryn Evans, but the Tigers were too strong. The victory means the Tigers are now nine points clear of fifth-placed Bath Rugby, who must best West Country rivals Gloucester Rugby at The Rec on Sunday to take the race for the top four into the final day.

EXETER CHIEFS became the first side to secure seven straight bonus-point wins with their biggest ever victory against Northampton Saints. Exeter’s backs have been flying in recent weeks but Baxter was without both Jack Maunder and Henry Slade. However, Lions winger Jack Nowell was back in the team along with centre Ian Whitten. Northampton were also forced into changes with Louis Picamoles and Stephen Myler both forced out, with Teimana Harrison and JJ Hanrahan starting. The visitors struck first, but they spent much of the first half on the defensive and it seemed inevitable that Exeter would hit back. And they hit hard, with Don Armand and Olly Woodburn going over before the break, to give Rob Baxter’s side a half-time lead. In the second period, they were as equally intense as Whitten and the busy Nowell crossed, killing any hopes of a Saints fightback – before Sam Hill and a second from Woodburn added gloss to the result.

SARACENS overcame a slow first half to sign off their departing club legends in style with a bonus-point victory over Bristol at Allianz Park. On the day that they said farewell to both Neil de Kock and Kelly Brown, Sarries’ push for a home semi-final looked to have taken a massive dent in the first half. Three penalties from Gavin Henson to one from Owen Farrell meant the basements boys were leading 9-3 at the break. But after the interval, Saracens finally clicked into gear as Chris Ashton, Nick Tompkins, and Petrus du Plessis  twice went over for the defending league and European champions. Victory means Mark McCall’s side are two points behind the Exeter Chiefs in the race for second with a trip to Ricoh Arena up next in the final round of the regular season where they will face table toppers Wasps are also two points in front but lead the standings on games won.

TOBY FALETAU scored a hat-trick as Bath Rugby kept their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive with a 44-20 victory over Gloucester Rugby. Bath had lost just once at the Rec in any tournament this season while Gloucester had only a single success on the road in Aviva Premiership Rugby since September. The result means the race for the final place in the top four will go down to the final weekend for Bath. The first quarter remained scoreless and tedious before the match came to life. Both sides ran in a try apiece from Faletau and Jonny May respectively, and a penalty from Rhys Priestland and James Hook, the only difference being a missed conversion for the cherry and whites for a 10-8 lead to Bath at the break. But the second half saw the hosts run in five second-half tries with the Welsh back rower starring for a hat trick, while Aled Brew, Max Clark and Robbie Fruean got the other Bath scores. It took the visitors until the final ten minutes to make a dent, May securing a brace and David Halaifonua crossing for a consolation score in a much improved and entertaining second 40.

RESULTS

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 32 - 13 WASPSWasps

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 28 April 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-10

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Mat Luamanu 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 Charlie Matthews 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Will Collier 19 George Merrick 20 Dave Ward 21 Karl Dickson 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Visser, Marchant C: Evans (2) P: Evans (6)

WASPS: 15 Willie le Roux 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Josh Bassett 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Dan Robson 8 Guy Thompson 7 Thomas Young 6 James Haskell 5 Matt Symons 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Phil Swainston 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Joe Simpson 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Alapati Leiua

SCORERS T: Robson C: Gopperth P: Gopperth (2) Yellow Card le Roux, Launchbury

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Newcastle Falcons FALCONS 16 - 14 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Kingston Park - Friday 28 April 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 6-0

FALCONS: 15 Marcus Watson 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Callum Chick 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Sean Robinson 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Kyle Cooper 17 Ben Harris 18 Scott Wilson 19 Opeti Fonua 20 Will Witty 21 Sam Egerton 22 Craig Willis 23 Alex Tait

SCORERS T: Takulua C: Takulua P: Takulua (3) Yellow Card Welch

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Ben Te’o 11 Perry Humphreys 10 RYAN MILLS (C) 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Marco Mama 7 Sam Lewis 6 Dewald Potgieter 5 Will Spencer 4 Chris Vui 3 Biyi Alo 2 Joe Taufete’e 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jack Singleton 17 Ryan Bower 18 Gareth Milasinovich 19 Darren Barry 20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Cooper Vuna

SCORERS T: PT, Olivier C: Mills (2) Yellow Card Spencer

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 36 - 12 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Sandy Park - Saturday 29 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-7

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 Olly Woodburn 10 Gareth Steenson 9 Stuart Townsend 8 Kai Horstmann 7 Don Armand 6 Dave Ewers 5 Geoff Parling 4 Dave Dennis 3 Greg Holmes 2 JACK YEANDLE (C) 1 Carl Rimmer BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Ben Moon 18 Harry Williams 19 Ollie Atkins 20 Julian Salvi 21 Will Chudley 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Armand, Woodburn (2), Whitten, Nowell, Hill C: Steenson (2), Simmonds

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 Luther Burrell 12 Harry Mallinder 11 Ben Foden 10 JJ Hanrahan 9 Nic Groom 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Jamie Gibson 6 Courtney Lawes Jamie Gibson 5 David Ribbans 4 Christian Day 3 Kieran Brookes 2 DYLAN HARTLEY (C) 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Mikey Haywood 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Gareth Denman 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Sam Dickinson 21 Lee Dickson 22 Nafi Tuitavake 23 Juan Pablo Estelles

SCORERS T: Hanrahan, Tuala C: Hanrahan Yellow Card Pisi

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 41 - 18 SALE SHARKSSale Sharks

Welford Road - Saturday 29 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 20-10

 

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Jack Roberts 12 Owen Williams 11 J P Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Greg Bateman 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Mike Fitzgerald 20 Harry Thacker 21 Sam Harrison 22 Matt Smith 23 Peter Betham

SCORERS T: Burns, Kitchener, Owen Williams, Roberts, McGuigan C: Burns (4), Owen Williams P: Burns (2)

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Mark Jennings 11 Josh Charnley 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 Laurence Pearce 7 Tom Curry 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Kieran Longbottom 2 ROB WEBBER (C) 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Ben Curry 17 James Flynn 18 Diogo Ferreira 19 George Nott 20 David Seymour 21 Peter Stringer 22 Johnny Leota 23 Byron McGuigan

SCORERS T: Webber, Evans C: MacGinty P: MacGinty (2) Yellow Card Charnley

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

SaracensSARACENS 27 - 9 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Allianz Park - Saturday 29 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-9

 

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Nick Tompkins 12 Alex Lozowski 11 Chris Wyles 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Neil De Kock 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Kelly Brown 5 George Kruis 4 Maro Itoje 3 Vincent Koch 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Ben Earl 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Matt Gallagher 23 Mike Ellery

SCORERS T: Ashton, du Plessis (2), Tompkins C: Farrell (2) P: Farrell

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Gavin Henson 11 Jack Tovey 10 Billy Searle 9 Alby Mathewson 8 Mitch Eadie 7 Olly Robinson 6 Sam Jeffries 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 MARC JONES (C) 1 Jack O’Connell BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Ollie Dawe 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Ben Glynn 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Tusi Pisi 23 Siale Piutau

SCORERS P: Henson (3)

Referee: Andrew Jackson

 

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 44 - 20 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Recreation Ground - Sunday 30 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-8

 

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Anthony Watson 13 Max Clark 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 RHYS PRIESTLAND (C) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Francois Louw 6 Matt Garvey 5 Elliott Stooke 4 Luke Charteris 3 Shaun Knight 2 Chris Brooker 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Beno Obano 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Dave Attwood 20 Tom Ellis 21 Chris Cook 22 George Ford 23 Robbie Fruean

SCORERS T: Faletau (3), Brew, Clark, Fruean C: Priestland (4) P: Priestland (2)

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Trinder 12 Mark Atkinson 11 David Halaifonua 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Mariano Galarza 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Paddy McAllister 18 Ciaran Knight 19 Tom Savage 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Charlie Sharples

SCORERS T: May (2), Halaifonua C: Hook P: Hook

Referee: Matt Carley

top

 

 


Week 20Aviva Premiership Week 20

EXETER CHIEFS became just the second side in Aviva Premiership Rugby history to take a perfect 30 points from six matches after coming from behind to beat Harlequins at the Stoop. Henry Slade was the man to cross for the vital fourth try, following up Lachlan Turner’s score just a couple of minutes before to switch the game on its head. Dave Ewers and Michele Campagnaro had put the Chiefs ahead by half-time, the perfect response to Mat Luamanu’s try with barely two minutes on the board in the capital. But Nick Evans rolled back the years to score a brilliant intercept try to put Quins ahead, only for the double salvo and another Turner score ensured Exeter’s mesmeric form was not to end there.

BILLY TWELVETREES’ late try and a wonderful display by Tom Marshall settled a see-saw game as Gloucester Rugby recorded a fourth consecutive win against Sale Sharks. Marshall had got Gloucester off to a storming start but their advantage was soon eradicated by Sam James and Mike Phillips, only for Richard Hibbard and the kicking of Billy Burns to make sure Kingsholm spent the half-time break happy. Another quickfire double for Sharks through Kieran Longbottom and Byron McGuigan stunned the Cherry & Whites, but they kept their composure to rescue the game. Henry Trinder scored before Marshall’s bonus-point try ten minutes before time, and the full-back then turned provider for Twelvetrees to finish the game off.

BEN YOUNGS inspired Leicester Tigers to a dominant bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road and further boost their chances of a top-four finish. After a cagey opening period, Tigers ran in four tries against a Newcastle side who were made to pay for the sin-binning of David Wilson minutes into the second half. The home side seized the initiative and opened up daylight between the sides after Ellis Genge’s try gave them a 11-3 half-time lead. Second half efforts from Youngs, Telusa Veainu and a further Genge score ensured the hosts came away from Welford Road victorious.

WORCESTER WARRIORS pulled off a surprise 25-19 victory at Sixways to put a major dent in Bath Rugby’s Premiership semi-final hopes. With nearest rivals Leicester Tigers claiming a bonus point win against Newcastle Falcons, this could prove to be a key encounter against a team Bath have beaten in their previous eight encounters. Bath named an unchanged team from the side that beat the Tigers at Twickenham in The Clash and had the better of the first half, looking the more dangerous with the ball in hand after a Matt Banahan try and George Ford adding the extras and a penalty for a 10-6 lead. Meanwhile, Worcester’s creativity and better share of territory was too often negated by their sloppy handling errors. But the Warriors had other ideas, and were inspired by three second-half tries from Josh Adams, Wynand Olivier and Will Spencer to secure the win much to the shock of the visitors.

CHRISTIAN WADE scored on his 100th Premiership appearance as Wasps moved one step closer to a home semi-final with victory over Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate. Jason Woodward had given the hosts the lead, but four successive tries from the visitors means Bristol have been confirmed as finishing 12th in the Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign. Josh Bassett and Tommy Taylor scored while Joe Simpson added another before half-time to give his side a 14-point lead. Wade then scored his 16th try of the campaign while Guy Thompson added a fifth try for Wasps, needing just a handful more points to secure their place in the top two, though Jack O’Connell and Nick Fenton-Wells crossed for late consolations.

SARACENS sent a huge statement of intent out to their Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals as an almighty comeback at stadium:mk saw Mark McCall’s men edge out Northampton Saints 27-25. The hosts, chasing a top-six finish in the table, had led for almost the entire contest, with Harry Mallinder’s early try handing them a half-time advantage before Dylan Hartley and Ken Pisi looked to have put them out of sight. But the reliable boot of Alex Lozowski kept Sarries in touch, before two late tries from replacement Chris Ashton and Marcelo Bosch set up the ice-cool fly-half to kick a superb conversion at the death, and steal a victory that keeps the Londoners’ hopes of a home semi-final alive.

RESULTS

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 26 - 39 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 14 April 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 11-15

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 Danny Care (C) 8 Mat Luamanu 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 Charlie Matthews 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Will Collier 19 George Merrick 20 Dave Ward 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Luamanu, Evans, Visser C: Swiel P: Evans (3)

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 Henry Slade 9 Jack Maunder 8 Kai Horstmann 7 Don Armand 6 Dave Ewers 5 Geoff Parling 4 Dave Dennis 3 Greg Holmes 2 Jack Yeandle (C) 1 Carl Rimmer BENCH: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Ben Moon 18 Tomas Francis 19 Ollie Atkins 20 Julian Salvi 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Ewers, Campagnaro, Turner (2), Slade C: Slade, Steenson (3) P: Slade (2)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 39 - 30 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Kingsholm - Saturday 15 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 15-12

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Henry Trinder 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Jonny May 10 Billy Burns 9 Callum Braley 8 Freddie Clarke 7 Lewis Ludlow 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Jeremy Thrush (C) 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu'u 17 Paddy McAllister 18 Ciaran Knight 19 Tom Savage 20 Ben Morgan 21 Ben Vellacott 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 David Halaifonua

SCORERS T: Marshall (2), Hibbard, Trinder, Twelvetrees C: Burns (4) P: Burns (2)

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Mark Jennings 11 Byron McGuigan 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 Josh Beaumont (C) 7 Ben Curry 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Tom Curry 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 George Nott 20 Laurence Pearce 21 James Mitchell 22 Sam Bedlow 23 Josh Charnley

SCORERS T: James, Phillips, Longbottom, McGuigan C: MacGinty (2) P: MacGinty (2) Yellow Card Harrison

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 30 - 3 NEWCASTLENewcastle Falcons

Welford Road - Saturday 15 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 11-3

 

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Jack Roberts 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 JP Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs (C) 8 Brendon O'Connor 7 Harry Thacker 6 Mike Williams 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Dan Cole 2 George McGuigan 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Tom Youngs 17 Greg Bateman 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Mike Fitzgerald 20 Harry Wells 21 Sam Harrison 22 Owen Williams 23 Mathew Tait

SCORERS T: Genge (2), Veainu, Ben Youngs C: Burns (2) P: Burns (2)

FALCONS: 15 Marcus Watson 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Michael Young 8 Nili Latu 7 Will Welch (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 David Wilson 2 Kyle Cooper 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Ben Harris 18 Jon Welsh 19 Will Witty 20 Callum Chick 21 Sam Egerton 22 Craig Willis 23 Zach Kibirige

SCORERS P: Hodgson Yellow Card Wilson

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 25 - 19 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

Sixways - Saturday 15 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-10

 

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Jackson Willison 12 Ben Te’o 11 Josh Adams 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Marco Mama 7 Sam Lewis 6 Chris Vui 5 Will Spencer 4 Donncha O’Callaghan (C) 3 Biyi Alo 2 Joe Taufete’e 1 Ryan Bower BENCH: 16 Jack Singleton 17 Ryan Grant 18 Gareth Milasinovich 19 Dewald Potgieter 20 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Wynand Olivier

SCORERS T: Adams, Olivier, Spencer C: Mills (2) P: Mills (2)

BATH: 15 Anthony Watson 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Matt Banahan 10 George Ford (cc) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Francois Louw (cc) 6 Tom Ellis 5 Elliott Stooke 4 Charlie Ewels 3 Kane Palma-Newport 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Nathan Charles 17 Beno Obano 18 Shaun Knight 19 David Denton 20 Zach Mercer 21 Chris Cook 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Tom Homer

SCORERS T: Banahan C: Ford P: Ford (4)

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 21 - 36 WASPSWasps

Ashton Gate - Sunday 16 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-21

 

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Gavin Henson 11 Jack Tovey 10 Billy Searle 9 Alby Mathewson 8 Mitch Eadie 7 Nick Fenton-Wells 6 Sam Jeffries 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Marc Jones (C) 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Ben Glynn 20 Olly Robinson 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Tusi Pisi 23 Charlie Amesbury

SCORERS T: Woodward, O'Connell, Fenton-Wells C: Henson, Searle (2)

WASPS: 15 Willie Le Roux 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Josh Bassett 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Joe Simpson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 James Haskell 5 Matt Symons 4 Joe Launchbury (C) 3 Phil Swainston 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Tom Bristow 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Thomas Young 21 Dan Robson 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Alapati Leiua

SCORERS T: Bassett (2), Taylor, Simpson, Wade, Thompson C: Gopperth (3)

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 25 - 27 SARACENSSaracens

Franklin's Gardens - Sunday 16 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-6

 

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 Luther Burrell 12 Harry Mallinder 11 Ben Foden 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Tom Wood (C) 6 Jamie Gibson 5 David Ribbans 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Dylan Hartley 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Mikey Haywood 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Lee Dickson 22 Rory Hutchinson 23 Juan Pablo Estelles

SCORERS T: Mallinder, Hartley, Pisi C: Myler, Mallinder P: Myler (2)

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Nathan Earle 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Duncan Taylor 11 Sean Maitland 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Ben Spencer 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Joel Conlon 5 George Kruis 4 Nick Isiekwe 3 Vincent Koch 2 Jamie George (C) 1 Titi Lamositele BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Hayden Thompson-Stringer 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Michael Rhodes 20 Billy Vunipola 21 Henry Taylor 22 Nick Tompkins 23 Chris Ashton

SCORERS T: Ashton, Bosch C: Lozowski P: Lozowski (5) Yellow Card Taylor

Referee: Matt Carley

top

 

 


Week 19Aviva Premiership Week 19

SALE SHARKS ended their three-game winless run in Aviva Premiership Rugby as Sam James scored two tries in a comeback-win against fellow bottom-half side Worcester Warriors. After 20 minutes it seemed as though Worcester were on course for a first away win of the season as Francois Hougaard and Joseph Taufete’e scored. But James produced an inspired performance to drag Sale to a much-needed win as they bounced back from losing their last three league matches. Worcester Warriors’ only victory in the last four rounds was 41-24 at home to Bristol Rugby in March – and after going behind on the 20-minute mark, they struggled to contain Sale.

JOEL HODGSON proved that ice runs through his veins as he nailed a last-gasp penalty to hand Newcastle Falcons a dramatic 16-14 victory over Gloucester Rugby at Kingston Park. This was a nip-and-tuck encounter from the outset, with the sides locked at 7-7 at the interval after Jonny May cancelled out Juan Pablo Socino’s opening score. But replacement Hodgson came off the bench to nail three second-half penalties which were ultimately the difference, the last coming after the Falcons won a scrum against the head with the clock ticking into the red. Tom Marshall’s 48th-minute score had looked like being the match-winner up until that point, but Dean Richards’ charges snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat.

ANTHONY WATSON’S late double handed Matt O’Connor a nightmare start to his time in charge of Leicester Tigers as Bath Rugby won The Clash in thrilling circumstances 27-21 at Twickenham.

Bath v Leicester Tigers The Clash 2017In the glorious sunshine Leicester were on course to give O’Connor the perfect start to his second spell with the Tigers, as they led 21-13 with 15 minutes to go, but Watson popped up twice in three minutes to turn the game around. As a result, Bath moved level on points with Leicester in the table in fourth, and with three games to go it’s all to play for in the battle for a semi-final spot. In front of 61,868 supporters, Leicester had looked set to run away with it with two early tries and they led for the majority of the encounter before Watson’s late intervention.

THOMAS WALDROM’S late try gave Exeter Chiefs victory over bottom side Bristol Rugby in a breathless encounter at Sandy Park. Waldrom’s score three minutes from time, his second of the match, secured a 38-34 win for the Chiefs, who had to come from behind twice to finally get past a spirited Bristol. In a match where the lead changed hands four times, Bristol led 24-17 at half time, and Mitch Eadie’s try with 20 minutes to go put the visitors within touching distance of a famous victory before Waldrom had the final say.

MATT MULLAN scored a last minute try to secure a dramatic 32-30 victory for Wasps over Northampton Saints, robbing the visitors of victory at the Ricoh Arena and extending their unbeaten home record in the league to 17 matches. Saints had led 18-13 at half-time after tries from Ben Foden, Alex Waller and George North with Elliot Daly replying for the hosts. Quickfire tries from Christian Wade and Joe Simpson put the home side ahead but Ahsee Tuala had the Saints’ bonus point score before Teimana Harrison also crossed. But Jamie Gibson saw yellow late on and there was just enough time for Mullan to pop up with a late winner for the home side.

RESULTS

Sale SharksSALE SHARKS 36 - 26 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 07 April 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 21-14

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Mark Jennings 11 Byron McGuigan 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Tom Curry 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Ben Curry 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 George Nott 20 Laurence Pearce 21 James Mitchell 22 Sam Bedlow 23 Josh Charnley

SCORERS T: James (2), Haley, McGuigan, Ben Curry C: MacGinty (4) P: MacGinty Yellow Card 'Aulika, Philips

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Jackson Willison 12 Ben Te’o 11 Josh Adams 10 Ryan Mills9 Francois Hougaard 8 Marco Mama 7 Sam Lewis 6 Chris Vui 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Nick Schonert 2 Joe Taufete’e 1 Ryan Bower BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Ryan Grant 18 Biyi Alo 19 Darren Barry 20 Dewald Potgieter 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Wynand Olivier

SCORERS T: Hougaard, Taufete'e, Pennell, Alo C: Mills (2), Lamb

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 16 - 14 GLOUCESTERGloucester Rugby

Kingston Park - Friday 07 April 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 7-7

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Marcus Watson 10 Mike Delany 9 Michael Young 8 Ally Hogg 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 David Wilson 2 Kyle Cooper 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Ben Harris 18 Jon Welsh 19 Will Witty 20 Callum Chick 21 Sonatane Takulua 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Sinoti Sinoti

SCORERS T: Socino C: Delany P: Hodgson (3)

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Henry Trinder 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Jonny May 10 Billy Twelvetrees 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Motu Matu’u 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Richard Hibbard 17 Yann Thomas 18 Josh Hohneck 19 Tom Denton 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Callum Braley 22 Lloyd Evans 23 Henry Purdy

SCORERS T: May, Marshall C: Twelvetrees (2) Yellow Card Evans

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 27 - 21 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 08 April 2017
KO: 14:00 HT: 10-15

BATH: 15 Anthony Watson 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Matt Banahan 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 FRANCOIS LOUW (CC) 6 Tom Ellis 5 Elliott Stooke 4 Charlie Ewels 3 Kane Palma-Newport 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Chris Brooker 17 Beno Obano 18 Shaun Knight 19 David Denton 20 Zach Mercer 21 Chris Cook 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Tom Homer

SCORERS T: Joseph, Watson (2) C: Ford (3) P: Ford (2) Yellow Card Obano

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Mathew Tait 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 JP Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Michele Rizzo 18 Fraser Balmain 19 Mike Williams 20 Harry Thacker 21 Ben White 22 Owen Williams 23 Jack Roberts

SCORERS T: O'Connor, Veainu C: Burns, P: Burns (3) Yellow Card Pietersen

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 38 - 34 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Sandy Park - Saturday 08 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-24

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 Olly Woodburn 10 Henry Slade 9 Jack Maunder 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 DON ARMAND (C) 6 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Greg Holmes 19 Geoff Parling 20 Dave Ewers 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Michele Campagnaro

SCORERS T: Woodburn, Parling, Whitten, Waldrom (2) C: Slade (4), Steenson P: Slade

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Gavin Henson 11 Jack Tovey 10 Billy Searle 9 Alby Mathewson 8. Mitch Eadie 7 Jack Lam 6 Sam Jeffries 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 MARC JONES (C) 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Ben Glynn 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Rhodri Williams 22 James Newey 23 Charlie Amesbury

SCORERS T: Hurrell, Woodward, Henson, Eadie C: Henson (4) P: Henson (2)

Referee: Tom Foley

 

SaracensSARACENS 40 - 19 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Wembley Stadium - Saturday 08 April 2017
KO: 16:30 HT: 17-9

 

DEFENDING Premiership champions Saracens kept up the pressure on Exeter Chiefs and Wasps in the hunt for a home semi-final, with a dominant 40-19 win over London rivals Harlequins at Wembley Stadium.

It was an intense physical battle from both London teams on a glorious afternoon as Chris Ashton added to his try tally, and Schalk Brits became the highest scoring Saracens forward of all time. Michael Rhodes and Alex Goode added two more scores to claim a bonus-point victory and secure Saracens’ place in the semi-finals.

Man-of-the-match Duncan Taylor found holes in the Harlequins defence all afternoon, creating the space to give Goode the bonus-point try, but Director of Rugby Mark McCall was more impressed with his side’s defensive skills. Indeed, the Saracens defence looked almost impenetrable and kept Quins to a single try, despite them spending most of the afternoon in Sarries’ 22.

Saracens first got on the scoreboard after the ball was hurled to Goode far on the right out of a line-out. Goode then sent a grubber kick through the Quins defence and, of course, Ashton found himself on the end of it, despite Mike Brown’s best efforts. It was Ashton’s sixth try at Wembley and the conversion was easily slotted by Owen Farrell, who did not miss a single kick on Derby Day.

Less than ten minutes later and it was Schalk Brits’ turn to cross the whitewash. Again, Saracens launched their attack from the line-out and Brits barrelled over the line, though referee Ian Tempest sent the decision upstairs to check the grounding. But TMO, David Sainsbury found no issue and Brits was swiftly awarded his 24th try in the Premiership, before Farrell added an extra two. The hosts built up a solid 17-point tally by half time, Quins mustering just three penalties from the boot of Nick Evans.

The crowd were disappointed to see Mako Vunipola leave the pitch early in the second half, but McCall insisted coaches were not too concerned about the England prop. Meanwhile, Evans added another penalty to his tally to edge Quins back into the game, 20-12.

The intensity of the Harlequins attack increased as the final whistle drew nearer, with Marland Yarde breaking through on the left. Yarde swung it over to the right where Mike Brown kicked past Sean Maitland, but Brown failed to gather the ball as he was dragged into touch.

An incredible offload from Goode saw Michael Rhodes with plenty of space to add five more points, Farrell adding the extras.  The majority of points came from the boot as both kickers kept a 100% record, with Farrell totalling 18 for Saracens, including his longest kick of the season in the 70th minute.

Harlequins’ James Horwill was the Quins man who finally made it over the try line with just five minutes left on the clock. Replacement fly half Time Swiel was accurate with his conversion, bringing the visitors’ final score up to 19, but the homeside were not yet done.

The clinical Saracens were not to be denied their bonus point as Goode crossed the whitewash unchallenged with seconds left of the match. Farrell added the final flourish to ensure the Harlequins were royally undone at the home of England Football.

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Duncan Taylor 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Owen Farrell 9 Ben Spencer 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Jackson Wray 6 Michael Rhodes 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Maro Itoje 3 Vincent Koch 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Joel Conlon 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Nick Tompkins (55)

SCORERS T: Ashton, Brits, Rhodes, Goode C: Farrell (4) P: Farrell (4)

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Mat Luamanu 7 Jack Clifford 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 George Merrick 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Charlie Matthews 20 Dave Ward 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Horwill C: Swiel P: Evans (4)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

WaspsWASPS 32 - 30 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 09 April 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-18

 

WASPS: 15 Willie Le Roux 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Josh Bassett 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Joe Simpson 8 Guy Thompson 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 Kearnan Myall 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Phil Swainston 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse17 Tom Bristow18 Paul Doran Jones19 Matt Symons20 Nathan Hughes21 Dan Robson22 Danny Cipriani23 Alapati Leiua

SCORERS T: Daly, Wade, Simpson, Mullan C: Gopperth (3) P: Gopperth (2)

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 George North 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Harry Mallinder 11 Ben Foden 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 TOM WOOD (C) 6 Jamie Gibson 5 David Ribbans 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Dylan Hartley 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Mikey Haywood 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Lee Dickson 22 Luther Burrell 23 Ken Pisi

SCORERS T: Foden, Alex Waller, North, Tuala, Harrison C: Myler P: Myler Yellow Card Gibson

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

top

 

 


Week 18Aviva Premiership Week 18

JONNY MAY touched down to conclude a length of the field score to earn Gloucester Rugby a try bonus point in their 32-14 victory over local rivals Bristol Rugby. Billy Burns scored 17 points, including a try of his own, as Gloucester earned their first away victory in the Aviva Premiership since September with Sharples going over early. Lewis Ludlow added a third before Max Crumpton’s consolation score but there was still time for Willi Heinz to launch an attack from his own try line which May finished for the extra point.

HIGH-FLYING Exeter Chiefs survived a scare from Sale Sharks to maintain second place in the table with a bonus point win. Two AJ MacGinty penalties and a Denny Solomona try gave Sale an early lead but Kai Horstmann replied for Chiefs, only for another double from the Sharks fly-half to further stretch their lead. Luke Cowan-Dickie kept Chiefs in touching distance before Ollie Woodburn further closed the gap and a Henry Slade penalty put Exeter ahead. MacGinty kicked two more penalties but a Don Armand try was enough for Exeter to claim the win and the bonus point.

HARLEQUINS kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive as they surged clear in the second half to beat Newcastle Falcons 53-17 at Twickenham Stoop. The visitors initially went ahead through Sonatane Takulua’s converted try, but the hosts responded in style through Rob Buchanan, the returning Mike Brown, and Joe Marchant to lead 27-10 at the break. And things looked ominous for Newcastle when Quins sealed the bonus point just two minutes into the second period – Marland Yarde taking advantage of Brown’s searing break – before Mathew Luamanu, Danny Care, and Tim Swiel helped the Londoners stretch their advantage. Fly-half Nick Evans was impressive from the tee, landing eight place kicks from eight before being replaced on the hour mark, while Mark Wilson’s second-half try was no more than a consolation for Falcons whose top-six ambitions took a blow.

OWEN WILLIAMS kicked two penalties in the last three minutes to give Leicester Tigers victory over Northampton Saints in an East Midlands thriller at Franklin’s Gardens and send off head coach Aaron Mauger in style. Saints crossed for three tries in the first half, Nafi Tuitavake, Ahsee Tuala and Louis Picamoles all going over but the Tigers stayed in the fight, the boot of Freddie Burns and Adam Thompstone’s score making it only 22-16 to the hosts at the break. And after the break Ben Youngs and Lachlan McCaffrey went over for Mauger’s side – who also saw Mike Williams sin binned after coming on as a replacement – but in the end it came down to the kickers. Stephen Myler and Owen Williams – the latter on for Burns at half time – traded late penalties but it was Williams who had the final say to lift the Tigers to fourth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby standings although Bath Rugby could reclaim that spot on Sunday against Saracens. Defeat for Saints puts a real dent in their own top-four ambitions but it was an enthralling topsy turvy clash that ended with a victory for Mauger in his final game in charge.

WASPS extended their advantage at the top of the table with a hard-fought victory over Worcester Warriors in an enthralling encounter at the Ricoh Arena. Christian Wade was on sparkling form for Wasps and crossed twice as the hosts ran in six tries in a 40-33 win, but the leaders did not have it all their own way against a spirited Warriors outfit. Josh Adams ran in two tries for Warriors as the visitors led on two occasions, but Bryce Heem’s dismissal early in the second period proved to be costly for Gary Gold’s men. Wasps stay top, and Worcester’s two bonus points means they are now nine clear of Bristol at the bottom of the table with four matches to go.

CHRIS ASHTON scored twice to become the record scorer at Allianz Park as Saracens enjoyed a fruitful afternoon to keep the pressure on Premiership Rugby leaders Wasps. The wing added a second-half brace to make the most of a tiring Bath Rugby side, while Schalk Brits, Brad Barritt and Billy Vunipola also added scores in the final 40 minutes. Jamie George, Alex Goode and Sean Maitland had crossed before the break, as Saracens boasted a 15-10 lead come the half-time whistle. That was after Anthony Watson had scored for Bath, who missed out on the chance to regain a place in the top four after Leicester Tigers’ victory over Northampton Saints yesterday.

RESULTS

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 14 - 23 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Ashton Gate - Friday 24 March 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-13

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Jack Wallace 13 Will Hurrell 12 Tusi Pisi 11 David Lemi 10 Billy Searle 9 Alby Mathewson 8 Mitch Eadie 7 Jack Lam 6 Sam Jeffries 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 MARC JONES (C) 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Jordan Crane 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Jack Tovey 23 Luke Arscott

SCORERS T: Crumpton P: Searle (3)

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Jonny May 13 Henry Trinder 12 Andy Symons 11 David Halaifonua 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Sione Kalamafoni 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Tom Savage 3 Josh Hohneck 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Yann Thomas 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Tom Denton 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Callum Braley 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Charlie Sharples

SCORERS T: Sharples, Burns, Ludlow, May C: Burns (3) P: Burns Yellow Card Marshall

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 30 - 25 SALE SHARKSSale Sharks

Sandy Park - Saturday 25 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-19

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 Olly Woodburn 10 Henry Slade 9 Stuart Townsend 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 DON ARMAND (C) 6 Kai Horstmann 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Tomas Francis 19 Jonny Hill 20 Sam Simmonds 21 Jack Maunder 22 Joe Simmonds 23 James Short

SCORERS T: Horstmann, Cowan-Dickie, Woodburn, Armand C: Slade (2) P: Slade (2)

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Mark Jennings 11 Byron McGuigan 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Tom Curry 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Ben Curry 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 George Nott 20 Laurence Pearce 21 Peter Stringer 22 Sam Bedlow 23 Josh Charnley

SCORERS T: Solomona C: MacGinty P: MacGinty (6)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 53 - 17 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 25 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 27-10

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 Danny Care 8 Mat Luamanu 7 DAVE WARD (C) 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 George Merrick 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Charlie Matthews 20 Jack Clifford 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Buchanan, Brown, Marchant, Yarde, Luamanu, Care, Swiel C: Evans (6) P: Evans (2)

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Nili Latu 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Callum Chick 5 Mark Wilson 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Ben Harris 18 David Wilson 19 Evan Olmstead 20 Ally Hogg 21 Michael Young 22 Mike Delany 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Takulua, Mark Wilson C: Takulua, Delany P: Takulua Yellow Card Socino, Olmstead

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON 31 - 36 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 25 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 22-16

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ben Foden 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Harry Mallinder 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Calum Clark 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Christian Day 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Dylan Hartley 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Mikey Haywood 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Jamie Gibson 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Lee Dickson 22 Luther Burrell 23 Ken Pisi

SCORERS T: Tuitavake, Tuala, Picamoles C: Myler (2) P: Myler (4)

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Mathew Tait 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 J P Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Michele Rizzo 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Mike Williams 20 Lachlan McCaffrey 21 Ben White 22 Owen Williams 23 Jack Roberts

SCORERS T: Thompstone, Ben Youngs, McCaffrey C: Burns, Owen Williams (2) P: Burns, Owen Williams (2) DG: Burns Yellow Card Mike Williams

Referee: Greg Garner

 

WaspsWASPS 40 - 33 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 26 March 2017
KO: 14:30 HT: 19-19

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Alapati Leiua 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Willie Le Roux 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 James Haskell 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Will Rowlands 3 Marty Moore 2 ASHLEY JOHNSON (C) 1 Simon McIntyre BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Matt Mullan 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Matt Symons 20 Guy Thompson 21 Joe Simpson 22 Brendan Macken 23 Josh Bassett

SCORERS T: Rowlands, Wade (2), Leiua, Bassett, Macken C: Gopperth (4), Cipriani Yellow Card Mullan

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Josh Adams 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Marco Mama 7 Sam Lewis 6 Chris Vui 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Nick Schonert 2 Joe Taufete’e 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Ryan Bower 18 Biyi Alo 19 Phil Dowson 20 Dewald Potgieter 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Perry Humphreys 23 Dean Hammond

SCORERS T: Heem, Adams (2), Alo, Willison C: Mills (4) Red Card Heem

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

SaracensSARACENS 53 - 10 BATH RUGBYBath Rugby

Allianz Park - Sunday 26 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-10

 

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Owen Farrell 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Jackson Wray 6 Michael Rhodes 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Maro Itoje 3 Juan Figallo 2 Jamie George 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Vincent Koch 19 Kelly Brown 20 Joel Conlon 21 Henry Taylor 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Duncan Taylor

SCORERS T: George, Goode, Maitland, Brits, Barritt, Ashton (2), Billy Vunipola C: Farrell (5) P: Farrell

BATH: 15 Anthony Watson 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Matt Banahan 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 FRANCOIS LOUW (CC) 6 Tom Ellis 5 Luke Charteris 4 Charlie Ewels 3 Max Lahiff 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Chris Brooker 17 Beno Obano 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Paul Grant 21 Chris Cook 22 Adam Hastings 23 Tom Homer

SCORERS T: Watson C: Ford P: Ford

Referee: Wayne Barnes

top

 

 


Week 17Aviva Premiership Week 17

EXETER CHIEFS kept up the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Wasps as they produced a bonus-point win at Leicester Tigers with an impressive pack performance. Tries from Kai Horstmann, Stu Townsend, Mitch Lees and a penalty score handed the Chiefs a crucial win as Rob Baxter’s side demonstrated a powerful forward showing and disciplined defensive effort to take the five points. Meanwhile, the  Tigers’ top-four challenge takes a hit after mustering just a try in each half from Michele Rizzo and Maxime Mermoz as the Chiefs made hay with Tom Youngs in the bin in the first half. The visitors also lost Geoff Parling for ten minutes, but Leicester made nothing of the one man advantage.

REPLACEMENT prop Ethan Waller’s 80th-minute try earned Northampton Saints a vital bonus-point 32-12 win over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium. Jim Mallinder’s side are now just three points off fifth-place with an East Midlands Derby up next. After nearly half an hour without a score, Ken Pisi got the game’s first try following some fine Harry Mallinder handling, with Michael Paterson adding a try soon after. Josh Charnley got his first Premiership try since a move from Wigan Warriors before the break, but a Stephen Myler just before the break and then Mikey Haywood’s score knocked the stuffing out of Sale. Bryn Evans crossed as Sale attempted to mount a comeback, but it was Mallinder’s side who claimed an important win, made all the sweeter when replacement prop Waller raced over with time up on the clock.

KURTLEY BEALE crossed for a double as Wasps stretched their lead at the top of the table with an impressive win over Bath Rugby. Wasps have now won on their last three visits to the Rec for the first time in the professional era and they did the damage in the first half as Christian Wade and then Beale crossed to open up a 14-0 lead. Tom Homer’s penalty just before the interval got Bath on the board but that was as good as it got as the visitors sealed the win in the final quarter when Beale went over for his second. Victory means table toppers Wasps have only lost once in the last nine rounds of league action, while Bath remain fourth but missed out on the chance to stretch their lead over Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints behind them.

TRIES from James and Ross Chisholm in the final ten minutes saw Harlequins come back from 27-15 down to beat Gloucester Rugby 30-27 at Kingsholm. Sharples opened the scoring in first half before tries from Tim Visser and Charlie Mulchrone helped Harlequins to a 12-7 lead at the break. Two quick-fire tries at the start of the second half, from David Halaifonua and Sharples, saw the Cherry & Whites in control before James and Ross Chisholm both crossed in the final ten minutes. James Lang missed a vital conversion with the scores level but the replacement stepped up in the final minute to slot the winning penalty for Harlequins, prompting a surprising social media response from Gloucester Head Coach, Laurie Fisher: “Unbelievable capitulation. Clearly not good enough. My responsibility. Time to make room for someone else.”

ALL eyes were on England international Billy Vunipola as he returned to Saracens’ team for the first time in four months after a lengthy absence with a knee injury. Saracens welcomed him back in style as they scored five tries in an impressive victory at Newcastle Falcons. The England back row made his first start in four months and the defending Aviva Premiership Rugby champions were ruthless throughout as Alex Lozowski scored two tries – while Mike Rhodes, Chris Ashton and Nathan Earle also scored. The Falcons stayed within touching distance for most of the game until Sarries pulled away late on but they did score three times themselves through Dominic Waldouck, Vereniki Goneva and David Wilson. The result sees Saracens close the gap on second-placed Exeter Chiefs, while Newcastle remain eighth.

FRANCOIS HOUGAARD and Bryce Heem were instrumental as Worcester Warriors secured a try bonus point in beating Bristol Rugby 41-24 at Sixways Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The vital five-point win moves the Warriors seven points clear of Bristol in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and within five of Sale Sharks in tenth. Hougaard scored one and fed Heem for a second try as the Warriors scored four first-half tries with the Worcester winger touching down again after the break. Max Crumpton and Tom Varndell added late consolation tries for Bristol Rugby.

RESULTS

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 15 - 34 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Welford Road - Saturday 03 March 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 8-27

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Matt Smith 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 JP Pietersen 10 Owen Williams 9 Jono Kitto 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Tom Croft 5 Dom Barrow 4 Mike Fitzgerald 3 Greg Bateman 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Michele Rizzo BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Mike Williams 20 Lachlan McCaffrey 21 Sam Harrison 22 Freddie Burns 23 Peter Betham

SCORERS T: Rizzo, Mermoz C: Owen Williams P: Owen Williams Yellow Card Youngs

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 Henry Slade 9 Stuart Townsend 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Kai Horstmann 6 DON ARMAND (C) 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Carl Rimmer BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Ben Moon 18 Tomas Francis 19 Jonny Hill 20 Sam Simmonds 21 Jack Maunder 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Horstmann, PT, Townsend, Lees C: Slade (4) P: Slade (2) Yellow Card Parling

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 12 - 32 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 03 March 2017
KO: 20:15 HT: 7-15

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Johnny Leota 12 Mark Jennings 11 Josh Charnley 10 Sam James 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Magnus Lund 6 Cameron Neild 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Tom Curry 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 George Nott 20 Ben Curry 21 Peter Stringer 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Byron McGuigan

SCORERS T: Charnley, Evans C: James

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Harry Mallinder 11 BEN FODEN (C) 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Calum Clark 6 Jamie Gibson 5 James Craig 4 Michael Paterson 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Sam Dickinson 21 Lee Dickson 22 Juan Pablo Estelles 23 James Wilson

SCORERS T: Pisi, Paterson, Haywood, Ethan Waller C: Myler (3) P: Myler (2)

Referee: Keith Lewis

 

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 3 - 24 WASPSWasps

Recreation Ground - Saturday 04 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-14

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Max Clark 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Anthony Watson 10 Adam Hastings 9 Chris Cook 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 David Denton 6 Tom Ellis 5 CHARLIE EWELS (C) 4 Luke Charteris 3 Max Lahiff 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Michael van Vuuren 17 Beno Obano 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Zach Mercer 21 Will Homer 22 Rory Jennings 23 Kristian Phillips

SCORERS P: Tom Homer

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Alapati Leiua 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Willie Le Roux 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 James Gaskell 4 Matt Symons 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Carlo Festuccia 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 Will Rowlands 20 Jack Willis 21 Dan Robson 22 Guy Armitage 23 Josh Bassett

SCORERS T: Wade, Beale (2) C: Gopperth (3) P: Gopperth

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER RUGBY 27 - 30 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Kingsholm - Saturday 04 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-15

 

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 David Halaifonua 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Mariano Galarza 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Yann Thomas BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Josh Hohneck 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Tom Savage 20 Sione Kalamafoni 21 Callum Braley 22 James Hook 23 Henry Trinder

SCORERS T: Sharples (2), Halaifonua C: Burns (3) P: Burns (2) Yellow Card Hibbard

HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Matt Hopper 11 Tim Visser 10 Tim Swiel 9 Charlie Mulchrone 8 Mat Luamanu 7 DAVE WARD (C) 6 James Chisholm 5 Charlie Matthews 4 George Merrick 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Joe Gray 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Rob Buchanan 17 Owen Evans 18 Matt Shields 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Luc Jones 22 James Lang 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Visser, Mulchrone, James Chisholm, Ross Chisholm C: Swiel, Lang P: Swiel, Lang

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 27 - 35 SARACENSSaracens

Kingston Park - Sunday 05 March 2017
KO: 14:00 HT: 6-18

 

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Nili Latu 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Kyle Cooper 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Ben Harris 18 David Wilson 19 Ally Hogg 20 Callum Chick 21 Sam Egerton 22 Mike Delany 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Waldouck, Goneva, David Wilson C: Takulua, Delany (2) P: Takulua (2)

SARACENS: 15 Duncan Taylor 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Joel Conlon 6 Jackson Wray 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jared Saunders 17 Richard Barrington 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Kelly Brown 21 Ben Spencer 22 Max Malins 23 Nathan Earle

SCORERS T: Rhodes, Lozowski (2), Ashton, Earle C: Lozowski (2) P: Lozowski (2)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 41 - 24 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Sixways - Saturday 05 March 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 31-10

 

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Josh Adams 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Marco Mama 7 Sam Lewis 6 Chris Vui 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Nick Schonert 2 Joe Taufete’e 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Matti Williams 17 Ryan Bower 18 Biyi Alo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Dewald Potgieter 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Perry Humphreys

SCORERS T: PT, Hougaard, Spencer, Heem (2), Olivier C: Mills (4) P: Mills Yellow Card Heem

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 David Lemi 13 Will Hurrell 12 Siale Piutau 11 Tom Varndell 10 Gavin Henson 9 Alby Mathewson 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Jack Lam 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Ian Evans 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Marc Jones 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Sam Jeffries 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Tusi Pisi 23 Jack Wallace

SCORERS T: Woodward, Crumpton, Varndell C: Henson, Woodward, Wallace P: Henson Yellow Card Tuohy

Referee: Wayne Barnes

top

 

 


Week 16Aviva Premiership Week 16

LEICESTER TIGERS’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim a vital Aviva Premiership Rugby victory. Quins had looked on course for their third win in four games at the interval, after Alofa Alofa’s try and penalties from Nick Evans and Ruaridh Jackson put them 13-3 ahead. But head coach Aaron Mauger’s half-time words clearly did the trick for Tigers, as a penalty try followed Sam Harrison’s effort, before Freddie Burns’ interception and score sealed the triumph. The hosts, who had previously not lost in the league on home soil this season, pressed for a losing bonus point in the closing stages and came so close with Dave Ward’s last-gasp try – only for Jackson’s conversion attempt to sail left of the posts.

SARACENS recorded their first Premiership win since New Year’s Day with a 29-18 success over an in-form Sale Sharks side. The reigning champions have lost to Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors in the last two weeks but scored three tries at Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon to return to winning ways. Sale Sharks were on a run of five straight wins in all competitions, including a 34-28 success over league leaders Wasps last weekend, but were unable to contain the hosts. Duncan Taylor and Chris Ashton got the Saracens’ tries in the first half before Magnus Lund pulled one back for the Sharks. Nathan Earle’s try confirmed the victory before Cameron Neild added a late consolation for the Sharks.

EXETER CHIEFS fought their way to a bonus point victory over Newcastle Falcons to move up to second in the table. A thrilling opening forty saw each side score two tries, with Vereniki Goneva and Rob Vickers going over for the visitors, while James Short and Harry Williams were the men on the money for Chiefs. Exeter successfully stifled the Falcons’ attacking play in the second period, though, and the home side ran out winners thanks to scores from Sam Skinner, a penalty try and Short’s second at the death.

MIKEY HAYWOOD scored two tries as Northampton Saints came from behind to down Worcester Warriors and move into the top six. The Warriors, who are 11th in the table, stunned the home fans with a sixth-minute score from full-back Josh Adams, but from then on in it was Northampton who shone. The Saints bounced back, registering two first-half tries, from England flanker Teimana Harrison and hooker Haywood. Stephen Myler added seven points with the boot to make it 17-7 at the break, and Haywood scored another try before the end to make the points safe. Fly-half Ryan Mills, who had added the conversion to Adams’ early effort, missed two penalties that would have given the Warriors a fresh lease of life early in the second half. And Northampton were happy to finish the game off through Haywood’s score as they recovered from back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats to move into the top six. Bryce Heem scored with the final play of the game for Worcester, but they were to walk away with no reward for their efforts.

GAVIN HENSON kicked 12 points against former club Bath Rugby on his first Aviva Premiership Rugby start since October as Bristol Rugby edged out the West Country Derby 12-11. That takes Mark Tainton’s side within two points of 11th-place Worcester Warriors following their third win of the season ramping up the pressure ahead of next weekend’s clash at Sixways. Henson knocked over an early drop goal to take Bristol ahead but compatriot Rhys Priestland pulled Bath level with 30 minutes gone. Two more Henson penalties before half-time ensured that Bristol led 9-3 at the break, with Welsh fly-half Priestland reducing it to 12-6 just shy of the hour mark. Semesa Rokoduguni then plucked his tenth Premiership try of the year out of the air, snaffling Tusi Pisi’s pass and racing the length before Priestland’s missed conversion let Bristol off the hook.

TWENTY five points including a hat-trick from Jimmy Gopperth, two from driving lineouts and one a finish a winger would be proud of, consolidated Wasps’ position at the top of the Premiership table with a much-needed and hard-earned victory over Gloucester Rugby. The visitors led until the final minute of the first half, then narrowed the Wasps lead to 25-22 inside the final ten minutes. Gopperth’s third try six minutes from time, secured the bonus point before Christian Wade went over in the last minute. The result meant Wasps are six points ahead of Exeter Chiefs, with Saracens a further point behind.

RESULTS

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 18 - 27 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 24 February 2017
KO: 19: 45 HT: 13-3

HARLEQUINS: 15 Aaron Morris 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Matt Hopper 11 Alofa Alofa 10 Nick Evans 9 Charlie Mulchrone 8 Mat Luamanu 7 DAVE WARD (C) 6 James Chisholm 5 Charlie Matthews 4 George Merrick 3 Adam Jones 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Owen Evans 18 Matt Shields 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Luc Jones 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Alofa, Ward C: Nick Evans P: Nick Evans, Jackson Yellow Card Morris

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 JP Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Sam Harrison 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 DOM BARROW (C) 4 Harry Wells 3 Greg Bateman 2 George McGuigan 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Tom Youngs 17 Riccardo Brugnara 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Mike Williams 20 Luke Hamilton 21 Jono Kitto 22 Owen Williams 23 Matt Smith

SCORERS T: Harrison, PT, Burns C: Burns (2), Owen Williams P: Burns Yellow Card Hamilton

Referee: Dean Richards

 

SaracensSARACENS 29 - 18 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Allianz Park - Saturday 25 February 2017
KO: 14: 45 HT: 21-6

SARACENS: 15 Duncan Taylor 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Nathan Earle 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Jackson Wray 7 Joel Conlon 6 Kelly Brown 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Titi Lamositele BENCH: 16 Jared Saunders 17 Richard Barrington 18 Petrus du Plessis 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Samu Vunisa 21 Ben Spencer 22 Max Malins 23 Matt Gallagher

SCORERS T: Taylor, Ashton, Earle C: Lozowski P: Lozowski (4)

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 WILL ADDISON (C) 12 Mark Jennings 11 Josh Charnley 10 Sam James 9 Mike Phillips 8 Josh Beaumont 7 Magnus Lund 6 TJ Ioane 5 George Nott 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Cameron Neild 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Tom Curry 20 David Seymour 21 Peter Stringer 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Johnny Leota

SCORERS T: Lund, Neild C: MacGinty P: Addison, MacGinty

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 36 - 14 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Sandy Park - Saturday 25 February 2017
KO: 15: 00 HT: 17-14

 

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 Joe Simmonds 9 Jack Maunder 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Don Armand 6 Kai Horstmann 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 JACK YEANDLE (C) 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Moray Low 19 Sam Skinner 20 Ollie Atkins 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Will Hooley 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Short (2), Williams, PT, Skinner C: Simmonds (4) P: Simmonds

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Dominic Waldouck 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Nili Latu 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Scott Wilson 2 Kyle Cooper 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Ben Harris 18 David Wilson 19 Glen Young 20 Callum Chick 21 Sam Egerton 22 Mike Delany 23 Fred Burdon

SCORERS T: Goneva, Vickers C: Takulua (2)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 24 - 14 WORCESTER Worcester Warriors

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 25 February 2017
KO: 15: 00 HT: 17-7

 

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Harry Mallinder 11 BEN FODEN (C) 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Calum Clark 6 Jamie Gibson 5 Christian Day 4 Michael Paterson 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Sam Dickinson 21 Lee Dickson 22 James Wilson 23 Juan Pablo Estelles

SCORERS T: Harrison, Haywood (2) C: Myler (3) P: Myler

WARRIORS: 15 Josh Adams 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Perry Humphreys 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Dewald Potgieter 7 Sam Lewis 6 Phil Dowson 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Nick Schonert 2 Niall Annett 1 Ryan Bower BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 Biyi Alo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Marco Mama 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Chris Pennell

SCORERS T: Adams, Heem C: Mills, Lamb

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 12 - 11 BATH RUGBYBath Rugby

Ashton Gate - Friday 26 February 2017
KO: 13: 00 HT: 9-3

 

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 David Lemi 13 Will Hurrell 12 Siale Piutau 11 Tom Varndell 10 Gavin Henson 9 Alby Mathewson 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Jack Lam 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Ian Evans 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Anthony Perenise 2 Marc Jones 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Sam Jeffries 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Tusi Pisi 23 Jack Wallace

SCORERS P: Henson (3) DG: Henson

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Harry Davies 10 RHYS PRIESTLAND (CC) 9 Chris Cook 8 Paul Grant 7 David Denton 6 Tom Ellis 5 CHARLIE EWELS (CC) 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Max Lahiff 2 Ross Batty 1 Beno Obano BENCH: 16 Michael van Vuuren 17 Darryl Marfo 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Levi Douglas 20 Guy Mercer 21 Will Homer 22 Adam Hastings 23 Max Clark

SCORERS T: Rokoduguni P: Priestland (2)

Referee: Greg Garner

 

WaspsWASPS 35 - 22 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 26 February 2017
KO: 13: 00 HT: 15-10

 

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Jimmy Gopperth 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Willie Le Roux 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 James Gaskell 4 Matt Symons 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Carlo Festuccia 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 Will Rowlands 20 Jack Willis 21 Dan Robson 22 Alapati Leiua 23 Josh Bassett

SCORERS T: Gopperth (3), le Roux, Wade C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2)

Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 David Halaifonua 10 James Hook 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Tom Savage 3 Paul Doran-Jones 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Cameron Orr 18 John Afoa 19 Mariano Galarza 20 Sione Kalamafoni 21 Callum Braley 22 Henry Purdy 23 Henry Trinder

SCORERS T: Hook, Halaifonua, Scott C: Twelvetrees (2) P: Twelvetrees

Referee: Andrew Jackson

top

 

 


Week 15Aviva Premiership Week 15

RICHARD HIBBARD’S 75th-minute try fired Gloucester Rugby to a remarkable 31-23 victory over reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions Saracens at Kingsholm. Saracens had not lost back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby games since May 2015, while Gloucester had just one win in their last seven league clashes. But it was a nip-and-tuck affair in the first period, Billy Burns’ penalty after six minutes meeting a quick response in Brad Barritt’s well-taken try following sustained Saracens pressure after 12 minutes, with returning England prop Mako Vunipola prominent. Saracens threatened to pull away with Marcelo Bosch’s huge penalty, but New Zealander Tom Marshall rocketed over from close range for a converted Gloucester try before Burns kicked two penalties to give David Humphreys’ side the half-time 16-13 advantage. Ex-All Black Jeremy Thrush compounded the lead after the break after a Bosch error, but Will Fraser continued his fine injury comeback with a try that levelled things at 23-23 before Gloucester’s late show. First Billy Twelvetrees kicked a penalty to move The Cherry & Whites ahead, before Hibbard, who had to return to the field of play following an injury to Motu Matu’u, scored from a driving maul as the Kingsholm side became the first side to put there league tries past the champions this season.

MAX CLARK’S second-half try and the boot of Rhys Priestland secured Bath Rugby a hard-fought victory over Harlequins that keeps their good record going at the Rec this season. Bath were outscored two tries to one on Saturday in the West Country, Tim Visser and Marland Yarde both crossing for Quins who were hoping for three away wins in a row for the first time since 2013. But the boot of Priestland had kept Bath in the game and it was Clark who finally forced his way over shortly after the hour mark. Two more late penalties from the Welsh fly-half then guaranteed the victory and denied Quins a losing bonus point to strengthen Bath’s position in fourth in the table.

JP PIETERSEN’S first-half try double inspired Leicester Tigers to an eight-try 50-17 win over Bristol Rugby in a blistering attacking performance at Welford Road. Tigers went into the fixture buoyed by a bonus-point win over Gloucester Rugby at home last time out and Aaron Mauger’s charges were in a ruthless mood in the first period. Talismanic full-back Jason Woodward kicked an early penalty for Bristol, but Pat Cilliers bumped his way over for a near-immediate response and from then on Tigers were rampant. First, JP Pietersen collected Owen Williams’ cross-kick for a converted score, before Telusa Veainu lit up the game with a glorious linebreak and score and South African winger Pietersen sealed the bonus-point by finishing a length of the field move just shy of half an hour. Bristol replied on 40 minutes through ex-Leicester man Rob Hawkins, but Mauger’s men led 31-10 at the turn and extended their lead further when No 8 Brendon O’Connor scored from a charged down kick eight minutes into the half. Adam Thompstone crossed for the seventh eight minutes later before Greg Bateman added number eight meaning Tigers sealed their sixth win in seven Premiership games at Welford Road, with their second consecutive bonus-point win edging them closer to the top four.

JAMES SHORT scored a hat-trick as Exeter Chiefs scored seven tries in a 48-32 victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways to move level on points with Saracens. After an even first half ended 18-17, the Chiefs scored tries from Olly Woodburn, Short and Sam Simmonds while Alafoti Fa'osiliva was in the sin bin. Bryce Heem pulled one back but Michele Campagnaro scored the Chiefs’ sixth before Short sealed his hat-trick. But the Warriors did not come away empty-handed as Jackson Willison secured a bonus point try for the Warriors in the final minute.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS staged a remarkable second-half comeback to snatch a precious five Aviva Premiership points at home to Northampton Saints on Sunday. A breathless and exhilarating 80 minutes of rugby saw the home side 24-15 down at the half-way stage before a remarkable 40 minutes in which they simply ran the Saints off the park. The Saints ran in three tries from Ken Pisi, Jamie Gibson and Harry Mallinder, all converted by Stephen Myler who also added a penalty, while the homeside only managed to trail with tries from Tane Takulua and Sean Robinson, Takulua adding a conversion and a penalty going into the break. At the return, Mikey Haywood added a final converted try for the visitors, but the Falcons would not held back, and ran in another five tries, running circles around the Saints and moving themselves up into 7th place.

DENNY SOLOMONA delivered one of the best individual displays ever seen at the AJ Bell Stadium as his hat-trick helped Sale Sharks stun Premiership leaders Wasps. The winger scored three times in the first half, with the first seeing him score in his first five Aviva Premiership Rugby games – a record in the competition. And when Mark Jennings opened the second half with the bonus-point score, Sharks were living in dreamland with the score at 31-9 – the perfect foundation for their fifth successive win in all competitions. Wasps fought back through Josh Bassett and Ashley Johnson, but eventually fell short and missed out on a chance to extend their lead atop the table, despite Kurtley Beale setting up a frantic finish with ten minutes remaining. They could muster nothing further, and had to be content with a losing bonus point.

RESULTS

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 31 - 23 SARACENSSaracens

Kingsholm - Friday 17 February 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 16-13

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 David Halaifonua 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Tom Savage 3 Salesi Ma’afu 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Yann Thomas 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Mariano Galarza 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Callum Braley 22 James Hook 23 Henry Trinder

SCORERS T: Marshall, Thrush, Hibbard C: Burns (2) P: Burns (3), Twelvetrees Yellow Card Doran Jones

SARACENS: 15 Duncan Taylor 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Mike Ellery 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Will Fraser 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jared Saunders 17 Richard Barrington 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Kelly Brown 21 Ben Spencer 22 Max Malins 23 Matt Gallagher

SCORERS T: Brits, Fraser C: Lozowski (2) P: Bosch, Lozowski (2)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Bath RugbyBATH RUGBY 22 - 12 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Recreation Ground - Saturday 18 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 9-7

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Max Clark 12 Rory Jennings 11 Harry Davies 10 RHYS PRIESTLAND (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 FRANCOIS LOUW (CC) 6 David Denton 5 Charlie Ewels 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Max Lahiff 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Beno Obano 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Tom Ellis 20 Paul Grant 21 Chris Cook 22 Adam Hastings 23 Darren Atkins

SCORERS T: Clark C: Priestland P: Priestland (5)

HARLEQUINS: 15 Aaron Morris 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Matt Hopper 11 Tim Visser 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 Charlie Mulchrone 8 Mat Luamanu 7 DAVE WARD (C) 6 James Chisholm 5 Charlie Matthews 4 Mark Reddish 3 Adam Jones 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Owen Evans BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Tyler Gendall 18 Matt Shields 19 George Merrick 20 George Naoupu 21 Luc Jones 22 Nick Evans 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Visser, Yarde C: Jackson

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 50 - 17 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Welford Road - Saturday 18 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 31-10

 

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Jack Roberts 12 Maxime Mermoz 11 JP Pietersen 10 Owen Williams 9 Sam Harrison 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 Dom Barrow 3 Pat Cilliers 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Michele Rizzo BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Greg Bateman 19 Tom Croft 20 Harry Thacker 21 Jono Kitto 22 Mathew Tait 23 Matt Smith

SCORERS T: Cilliers, Owen Williams, Pietersen (2), Veainu, O'Connor, Thompstone, Bateman C: Owen Williams (5)

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Jack Wallace 13 Siale Piutau 12 Tusi Pisi 11 Thretton Palamo 10 Adrian Jarvis 9 Will Cliff 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Jack Lam 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Mark Sorenson 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Marc Jones 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 James Phillips 20 Sam Jeffries 21 Alby Mathewson 22 Gavin Henson 23 Will Hurrell

SCORERS T: Hawkins, Ford-Robinson C: Woodward (2) P: Woodward

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER 32 - 48 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

Sixways - Saturday 18 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 18-17

 

WARRIORS: 15 Josh Adams 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Perry Humphreys 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 7 Dewald Potgieter 6 Chris Vui 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Ryan Bower BENCH: 16 Joe Taufete’e 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 Biyi Alo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Sam Lewis 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Ben Howard

SCORERS T: Adams, Humphreys, Heem, Willison C: Mills (2), Lamb P: Mills (2) Yellow Card Fa'osiliva

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Henry Slade 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Jack Maunder 8 Sam Simmonds 7 Don Armand 6 Dave Dennis 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Shaun Malton 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Elvis Taione 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Tomas Francis 19 Sam Skinner 20 Thomas Waldrom 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Ian Whitten 23 Lachie Turner

SCORERS T: Steenson, Short (3), Woodburn, Rimmer, Campagnaro C: Steenson (2), Slade (3) P: Steenson

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE 46 - 21 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Kingston Park - Sunday 19 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 15-24

 

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Nili Latu 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Sean Robinson 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Kyle Cooper 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Ben Harris 18 Scott Wilson 19 Opeti Fonua 20 Evan Olmstead 21 Sam Egerton 22 Mike Delany 23 Chris Harris

SCORERS T: Cooper, Robinson, Takalua (3), Vickers, Mark Wilson C: Hodgson, Takalua (3) P: Takalua

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Harry Mallinder 11 BEN FODEN (C) 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Calum Clark 6 Jamie Gibson 5 Christian Day 4 Api Ratuniyarawa 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Michael Paterson 20 Ben Nutley 21 Lee Dickson 22 Rory Hutchinson 23 Juan Pablo Estelles

SCORERS T: Gibson, Haywood, Mallinder, Pisi C: Myler (4) P: Myler

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Sale SharksSALE SHARKS 34 - 28 WASPSWasps

AJ Bell Stadium - Sunday 19 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-9

 

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 WILL ADDISON (C) 12 Mark Jennings 11 Byron McGuigan 10 Sam James 9 Mike Phillips 8 Josh Beaumont 7 Magnus Lund 6 TJ Ioane 5 George Nott 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Cameron Neild 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Tom Curry 20 Ben Curry 21 Peter Stringer 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Johnny Leota

SCORERST: Solomona (3), Jennings C: Addison (4) P: Addison (2)

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Jimmy Gopperth 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 ASHLEY JOHNSON (C) 5 James Gaskell 4 Matt Symons 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Carlo Festuccia 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 Will Rowlands 20 Jack Willis 21 Joe Simpson 22 Alapati Leiua 23 Willie Le Roux

SCORERS T: Bassett, Johnson, Beale C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (3)

Referee: Matt Carley

top

 

 


Week 14Aviva Premiership Week 14

RHYS PRIESTLAND nailed a last gasp penalty to seal an incredible game of rugby 32-30 in Bath Rugby’s favour after a stunning Northampton Saints comeback. Saints were 22-9 down after tries from Paul Grant, Semesa Rokoduguni and a penalty try but fought back with a trio of scores from Ben Foden, Api Ratuniyarawa and Jamie Gibson. Despite Chris Cook’s fine solo try, the Saints led 30-29 with just four minutes left on the clock. Bath were not finished though and even when Priestland missed a shot at goal to retake the lead, the home side charged down the resulting clearance and forced another penalty. This time, with the clock now passed 80 minutes, the Welsh fly-half held his nerve to give Bath the narrowest of victories and left the Saints with just a losing bonus point.

HARLEQUINS rained on Tom Varndell’s parade as the Londoners earned a bonus point win in the West Country on the night he became Premiership Rugby’s all-time leading try scorer, winning 42-8 against struggling Bristol Rugby. Joe Marchant got Harlequins off to a flyer before Varndell touched down for his 91st try in English rugby’s top tier. That was as good as it got for Bristol though, with Mark Reddish, Charlie Mulchrone, Matt Hopper and Ross Chisholm all scoring for Harlequins to cap their first away win of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season.

WILL ADDISON’S kicked a 75th– minute penalty to overcome Newcastle Falcons 26-24 despite a Niki Goneva hat-trick at the AJ Bell Stadium as Sale Sharks claimed a first Premiership win since beating Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate in October. Juan Pablo Socino’s poacher’s effort took Newcastle ahead within two minutes, Joel Hodgson’s conversion giving Dean Richards’ side the perfect start. But Will Addison’s boot edged Sharks back into the game, bringing them within a point at 7-6 before Niki Goneva sliced through for Falcons’ second inside half an hour. Denny Solomona then went over for his fifth try in four Aviva Premiership Rugby appearances after Goneva was sent to the sin bin, with Addison successful from the tee before Byron McGuigan extended Sale’s lead at the break to 18-12 following a Solomona break. Bryn Evans went over early in the second half before Goneva struck twice in the space of five minutes to put Falcons ahead heading into the final ten minutes. Addison kept his cool to knock over his third penalty of the night and ensure Diamond’s side edged to victory in a tremendous back-and-forth encounter.

WORCESTER WARRIORS subjected the Aviva Premiership and European champions to only their third league defeat of the season as Director of Rugby Gary Gold led his side to a hard-fought 24-18 victory over Saracens in his first home game in charge. Ryan Mills struck eight penalties - four in either half - as Warriors claimed their third Premiership win of the season to move five points clear of the bottom of the table. Chris Ashton and Schalk Brits touched down for Saracens but the day belonged to Warriors after a memorable 80 minutes of rugby at Sixways.

LEICESTER TIGERS claimed their first Premiership win under Aaron Mauger as new boy Maxime Mermoz’s late score wrapped up a bonus-point 34-9 win against Gloucester Rugby at Welford Road. Tigers were without an Aviva Premiership Rugby win since December, but Luke Hamilton banished any nerves when he piled over early on to make it 7-0 before Billy Burns pegged them back from the tee. Brother Freddie Burns restored Tigers seven-point advantage moments later before the hosts’ dominant scrum earned them a penalty try to take them 17-3 ahead. Owen Williams – on for the injured Burns – knocked over a drop-goal to take the hosts 17 points ahead at the turn. Gloucester’s Burn cut into Tigers’ lead with two early second-half penalties, but Adam Thompstone capped off an impressive showing with a try, before Mermoz scored the try that ended Tigers winless run in Aviva Premiership Rugby and moved them back into the league’s top six.

JOE SIMPSON rescued a draw for Premiership leaders Wasps with a late try at Exeter Chiefs in a pulsating end-to-end game, which featured ten tries and a red card. The two teams exchanged tries all afternoon, with Christian Wade and Alex Rieder sandwiching a penalty try in the first half for Wasps, while Sam Simmonds, Jack Maunder and a penalty try ensured the Chiefs kept pace. Luke Cowan-Dickie then gave Exeter the lead after the break, before a red card for Jonny Hill turned the game on its head and added to the excitement. Kyle Eastmond scored Wasps fourth before Ollie Woodburn gave the hosts a shock lead, but they could not hold on as Simpson ensured the points were shared.

RESULTS

Bath RugbyBATH RUGBY 32 - 30 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Recreation Ground - Friday 10 February 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 19-9

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Max Clark 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Jack Wilson 10 RHYS PRIESTLAND (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Paul Grant 7 FRANCOIS LOUW (CC) 6 Tom Ellis 5 Charlie Ewels 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Max Lahiff 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Beno Obano 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 David Denton 20 Guy Mercer 21 Chris Cook 22 Adam Hastings 23 Harry Davies

SCORERS  T: Grant, Rokoduguni, PT, Cook C: Priestland (3) P: Priestland (2) Yellow Card Palma-Newport

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 Nafi Tuitavake 12 Harry Mallinder 11 BEN FODEN (C) 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Sam Dickinson 7 Teimana Harrison 6 Jamie Gibson 5 Christian Day 4 Michael Paterson 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Calum Clark 21 Lee Dickson 22 Rory Hutchinson 23 James Wilson

SCORERS T: Foden, Ratuniyarawa, Gibson C: Myler (3) P: Myler (3)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 8 - 42 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Ashton Gate - Friday 10 February 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 8-13

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Jack Wallace 13 Will Hurrell 12 Tusi Pisi 11 Tom Varndell 10 Billy Searle 9 Will Cliff 8 Mitch Eadie 7 OLLY ROBINSON (C) 6 Nick Fenton-Wells 5 Ben Glynn 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Jack O’Connell 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Mark Sorenson 20 Jack Lam 21 Alby Mathewson 22 Thretton Palamo 23 David Lemi

SCORERS T: Varndell P: Woodward Yellow Card Bevington

HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Matt Hopper 11 Tim Visser 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 Charlie Mulchrone 8 Mat Luamanu 7 Dave Ward 6 James Chisholm 5 JAMES HORWILL (C) 4 George Merrick 3 Adam Jones 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Owen Evans BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Matt Shields 18 Tyler Gendall 19 Mark Reddish 20 George Naoupu 21 Luc Jones 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Marchant, Reddish, Mulchrone, Hopper, James Chisholm C: Jackson (3), Swiel P: Jackson (2), Swiel Yellow Card Visser

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Sale SharksSALE SHARKS 26 - 24 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 10 February 2017
KO: 20:15 HT: 18-12

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Mark Jennings 11 WILL ADDISON (C) 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 TJ Ioane 7 Magnus Lund 6 Cameron Neild 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Ben Curry 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 George Nott 20 David Seymour 21 Peter Stringer 22 Johnny Leota 23 Byron McGuigan

SCORERS T: Solomona, McGuigan, Evans C: Addison P: Addison (3)

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Belisario Agulla 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Vereniki Goneva 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Opeti Fonua 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Sean Robinson 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Kyle Cooper 17 Ben Harris 18 Scott Wilson 19 Evan Olmstead 20 Nili Latu 21 Sam Egerton 22 Mike Delany 23 Dominic Waldouck

SCORERS T: Socino, Goneva (3) C: Hodgson, Takulua Yellow Card Goneva

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 34 - 9 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Welford Road - Saturday 11 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 20-3

 

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Jack Roberts 12 Matt Smith 11 Tom Brady 10 Freddie Burns 9 Jono Kitto 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Dom Barrow 4 Ed Slater 3 Pat Cilliers 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Michele Rizzo BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Greg Bateman 19 Mike Williams 20 Harry Thacker 21 Sam Harrison 22 Owen Williams 23 Maxime Mermoz

SCORERS  T: Hamilton, PT, Thompstone, Mermoz C: Burns, Owen Williams (3) P: Burns DG: Owen Williams

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Andy Symons 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Sione Kalamafoni 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu'u 17 Yann Thomas 18 Salesi Ma'afu 19 Mariano Galarza 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Callum Braley 22 James Hook 23 Matt Scott

SCORERS P: Burns (3)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 24 - 18 SARACENSSaracens

Sixways - Saturday 11 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-7

 

WARRIORS: 15 Josh Adams 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Perry Humphreys 10 Ryan Mills 9 Francois Hougaard 8 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 7 Sam Lewis 6 Chris Vui 5 Will Spencer 4 DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN (C) 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jack Singleton 1 Ryan Bower BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 James Johnston 18 Biyi Alo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Marco Mama 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Ben Howard

SCORERS  P: Mills (8) Yellow Card Adams

SARACENS: 15 Matt Gallagher 14 Chris Ashton 13 Nick Tompkins 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Mike Ellery 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Will Fraser 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Petrus Du Plessis 2 Schalk Brits 1 Richard Barrington BENCH: 16 Jared Saunders 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Juan Figallo 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Kelly Brown 21 Ben Spencer 22 Max Malins 23 Marcelo Bosch

SCORERS T: Ashton, Brits C: Lozowski P: Lozowski, Spencer Yellow Card Ellery

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 35 - 35 WASPSWasps

Sandy Park - Sunday 12 February 2017
KO: 13:00 HT: 21-21

 

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ian Whitten 12 Ollie Devoto 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Jack Maunder 8 Sam Simmonds 7 Don Armand 6 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 4 Mitch Lees 3 Greg Holmes 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Harry Williams 19 Sam Skinner 20 Tom Johnson 21 Stuart Townsend 22 Henry Slade 23 Lachie Turner

SCORERS T: Simmonds, Maunder, PT, Cowan-Dickie, Woodburn C: Steenson (5) Yellow Card Lees Red Card Hill

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Jimmy Gopperth 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 ASHLEY JOHNSON (C) 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Matt Symons 3 Marty Moore 2 Carlo Festuccia 1 Simon McIntyre BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Tom Bristow 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Will Rowlands 20 James Gaskell 21 Joe Simpson 22 Alapati Leiua 23 Frank Halai

SCORERS T: Wade, PT, Rieder, Eastmond, Simpson C: Gopperth (5) Yellow Card Young

Referee: Greg Garner

top

 

 


Week 13Aviva Premiership Week 13

TWO late tries from Mark Wilson and Ben Harris gave Newcastle Falcons a dramatic late victory against Bath Rugby at Kingston Park on Friday night. The home side had the perfect start when Vereniki Goneva crossed inside five minutes but 17 unanswered points from Bath – through George Ford and Semesa Rokoduguni tries – had given them the advantage. And although Rokoduguni added a third try, to take him second on Bath’s all-time try scorers list, a late rally from the Falcons saw Wilson and Harris cross and snatch the victory.

GLOUCESTER RUGBY were in seventh heaven at Kingsholm after demolishing Worcester Warriors to increase the gap between the two West Country sides in the Premiership table. Matt Scott grabbed a try double as Jonny May, Jacob Rowan, John Afoa, Charlie Sharples and Josh Hohneck each touched down once to earn the home side a try bonus point. Cooper Vuna, Tevita Cavubati and Alafoti Fa’osiliva all scored for Warriors, but with Bristol Rugby recording a losing bonus point against Northampton Saints, Worcester slipped to within a point of the bottom of the table.

HARLEQUINS made it ten wins from ten home matches this season, but were made to work hard at Twickenham Stoop for their 29-26 triumph by a determined Sale Sharks. Harlequins were dealt an early blow when England International Joe Marler was ruled out during the warm-up, with Owen Evans coming into the side and Adam Jones moving onto the bench. But two quickfire scores shortly before the interval from Charlie Walker and Tim Swiel saw the hosts turn the game on its head, after Denny Solomona had notched up his third try in as many weeks. Byron McGuigan and Solomona scored the only tries of the second period for the Sharks, but Swiel’s boot did not waver and the 23-year-old fly-half took his personal tally to 24 points with three penalties after half-time to edge Quins home.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS brought an end to Bristol Rugby’s recent winning run after edging an entertaining Aviva Premiership clash at Franklin’s Gardens. The Saints outscored their opponents by four tries to two, but an impressive all round performance from fly-half Jason Woodward – who scored 21 of his side’s points – kept Bristol in the game with the scores level heading into the last 20 minutes. However Stephen Myler’s penalty and Harry Mallinder’s late drop goal settled matters as the Saints won a third successive Aviva Premiership Rugby in a row for the first time since March – with tries from Louis Picamoles, Mike Haywood, Tom Wood and JJ Hanrahan earning the try bonus point.

TITI LAMOSITELE’S late try earned Saracens the most unlikely of draws as they secured a 13-13 result at home to Exeter Chiefs despite playing 70 minutes down a man. Saracens had got the better of the Chiefs in each of the last four meetings between the sides including a victory at Sandy Park and of course their success in last season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby final. But they were up against it early on when Richard Barrington was dismissed for a high tackle, and Jack Nowell’s try put the visitors 10-0 up. But Saracens are not champions for nothing and they showed their never-say-die attitude to frustrate Exeter at every turn and slowly worked their way back into the game. Even after Steenson had made it 13-6 to Chiefs, Saracens came back, with Lamositele forcing his way over from a rolling maul and Alex Lozowski converting from out wide to seal the draw.

WASPS were forced to withstand a ferocious Leicester Tigers comeback but hung on for a 22-16 victory at the Ricoh Arena to return to the summit of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table. First-half tries from Christian Wade, Tommy Taylor and Dan Robson looked to have sewn up the game with the home side 19-0 up. But Leicester worked their way back into it, and with a try from Peter Betham and the boots of Owen Williams and Freddie Burns, they got back to within three. That was as good as it got, however, and Jimmy Gopperth’s penalty late on sealed the win for the home side, who move back ahead of Saracens at the top of the table.

RESULTS

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 24 - 22 BATH RUGBYBath Rugby

Kingston Park - Friday 06 January 2017
KO: 19:45 HT: 7-3

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Belisario Agulla 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Vereniki Goneva 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Opeti Fonua 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Ben Harris 18 Paddy Ryan 19 Will Witty 20 Sean Robinson 21 Michael Young 22 Craig Willis 23 Fred Burdon

SCORERS T: Goneva, Wilson, Harris C: Hodgson (3)

BATH: 15 Anthony Watson 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 GEORGE FORD (C) 9 Darren Allinson 8 Zach Mercer 7 Francois Louw 6 Tom Ellis 5 Luke Charteris 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Max Lahiff 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Jack Walker 17 Beno Obano 18 Shaun Knight 19 Matt Garvey 20 Paul Grant 21 Chris Cook 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Robbie Fruean

SCORERS T: Ford, Rokoduguni (2) C: Ford (2) P: Ford

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER 55 - 19 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Kingsholm - Saturday 07 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 24-7

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Jonny May 10 Billy Burns 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Tom Savage 3 Salesi Ma’afu 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Paddy McAllister 18 John Afoa 19 Joe Latta 20 Lewis Ludlow 21 Ben Vellacott 22 Andy Symons 23 Henry Purdy

SCORERS T: May, Scott (2), Rowan, Afoa, Sharples, Hohneck C: Laidlaw (3), Twelvetrees (4) P: Laidlaw, Burns

WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Dean Hammond 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Ryan Mills 9 Michael Dowsett 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Sam Lewis 6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva  5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O’Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jack Singleton 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 Biyi Alo 19 Will Spencer 20 Tevita Cavubati 21 Marco Mama 22 Luke Baldwin 23 Ben Howard

SCORERS T: Vuna, Cavubati, Fa'osiliva C: Mills (2)

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 29 - 26 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 07 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 20-13

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Alofa Alofa 12 Joe Marchant 11 Charlie Walker 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 James Chisholm 7 Dave Ward 6 Luke Wallace 5 Charlie Matthews 4 George Merrick 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Owen Evans BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Adam Jones 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Karl Dickson 22 Tim Swiel 23 Matt Hopper

SCORERS T: Walker, Swiel C: Swiel (2) P: Swiel (5)

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Will Addison 12 Johnny Leota 11 Byron McGuigan 10 Sam James 9 James Mitchell 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 TJ Ioane 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Neil Briggs 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Jonathan Mills 20 Ben Curry 21 Mike Phillips 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Josh Charnley

SCORERS T: Solomona (2), McGuigan C: Addison P: Addison (3)

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 32 - 26 BRISTOL Bristol Rugby

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 07 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-13

 

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Jamie Elliott 13 Luther Burrell 12 JJ Hanrahan 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Teimana Harrison 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Christian Day 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 James Craig 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Lee Dickson 22 Harry Mallinder 23 Juan Pablo Estelles

SCORERS T: Picamoles, Haywood, Wood, Hanrahan C: Myler (3) P: Myler DG: Mallinder

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Jack Wallace 13 Thretton Palamo 12 Will Hurrell 11 Tom Varndell 10 Adrian Jarvis 9 Will Cliff 8 Mitch Eadie 7 OLLY ROBINSON (C) 6 Nick Fenton-Wells 5 Ben Glynn 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Gaston Cortes 19 Mark Sorenson 20 Jack Lam 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Billy Searle 23 Luke Arscott

SCORERS T: Eadie, Woodward C: Woodward (2) P: Woodward (4)

Referee: Andrew Jackson

 

SaracensSARACENS 13 - 13 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

Allianz Park - Saturday 07 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-10

 

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Sean Maitland 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Jackson Wray 7 Kelly Brown 6 Michael Rhodes 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Maro Itoje 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Richard Barrington BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Vincent Koch 19 Will Skelton 20 Schalk Burger 21 Ben Spencer 22 Duncan Taylor 23 Nick Tompkins

SCORERS T: Lamositele C: Lozowski P: Lozowski (2) Red Card Barrington

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Sam Hill 12 Henry Slade 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Tom Johnson 6 Don Armand 5 Geoff Parling 4 Ollie Atkins 3 Greg Holmes 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Carl Rimmer BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Ben Moon 18 Harry Williams 19 Mitch Lees 20 Dave Dennis 21 Jack Maunder 22 Ian Whitten 23 Michele Campagnaro

SCORERS T: Nowell C: Steenson P: Steenson (2)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

WaspsWASPS 22 - 16 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 08 January 2017
KO: 14:30 HT: 19-3

 

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Josh Bassett 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Dan Robson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 Thomas Young 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Matt Symons 3 Marty Moore 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Phil Swainston 19 James Gaskell 20 James Haskell 21 Joe Simpson 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Rob Miller

SCORERS T: Wade, Taylor, Robson C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth

TIGERS: 15 Freddie Burns 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Matt Smith 11 Tom Brady 10 Owen Williams 9 Ben Youngs 8 Brendon O’Connor 7 Will Evans 6 Mike Williams 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 Ed Slater 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Greg Bateman 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Graham Kitchener 20 Lachlan McCaffrey 21 Sam Harrison 22 George Worth 23 Charlie Thacker

SCORERS T: Betham C: Burns P: Owen Williams (2), Burns Yellow Card Cole

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

top

 

 


Week 12Aviva Premiership Week 12

THE Newcastle Falcons put on a spirited performance at Kingston Park on a surprisingly balmy Friday night in the depths of winter, and ran the Wasps close. Despite a dithering referee, and the visitors securing a 34-30 win, the homeside came away with two losing bonus points. Wasps have scored more tries than any other Aviva Premiership Rugby side this season, but it was Dean Richards’ outfit who had gone over for two tries in five minutes thanks to Sonatane Takulua and Marcus Watson. Danny Cipriani got Wasps back into contention with a chip-and-chase score after 21 minutes before Christian Wade gave Young’s men an unlikely lead a minute later when he was first to a Dan Robson kick. But the momentum shifted again in Falcons’ favour, when Rob Vickers went over from close range and stand-off Joel Hodgson added a penalty. It was not quite enough from the Falcons, but it was a magnificent effort which included a slender 22-21 halftime lead.

IN a year packed full of sparkle, Exeter Chiefs perhaps saved their shining moment for the final day of 2016. Seemingly down and out in a full-blooded West country derby with rivals Bath Rugby, two late tries from James Short enabled Rob Baxter’s side to celebrate a first-ever victory in the ancient Roman City. Sure, Devon’s finest had triumphed at the Rec in the old LV= Cup, but never before had they had they won when it came to league matters. This was the perfect way to start the New Year’s Eve party. Bossed for the opening hour of this match, the Chiefs trailed 11-0 at the break as George Ford collected two penalties and Semesa Rokoduguni claimed the game’s opening try with a smart finish in the corner. However, a half time pep talk from Baxter cleared had the desired effect as the Chiefs – who lost in the eighth minute of injury time when the two met earlier in the season at Sandy Park – gained sweet revenge with their late heroics.

TOM VARNDELL equalled the all-time Aviva Premiership Rugby try record as Bristol Rugby overcame a 13-point deficit to run out 24-23 winners over Sale Sharks, recording their first away victory in the top flight since March 2008. The hosts dominated early possession at the AJ Bell Stadium, and after Ryan Bevington was sent to the sin bin following successive penalties at the scrum, Sale capitalised on their extra man to open the scoring with a penalty try, James Mitchell adding the extras from the tee. Trailing 23-10 midway through the second half, following Varndell’s earlier try, the visitors hit back with two further scores, from Rhodri Williams and Max Crumpton, with Jason Woodward's touchline conversion eventually proving the difference late on.

A penalty try with just five minutes remaining gave Northampton Saints a 13-12 victory over Gloucester Rugby and ended the home side’s unbeaten run at Kingsholm. The South West outfit had not lost at home since Bath beat them back in October and were 12-6 ahead after Billy Burns’ four successful penalties. But winger David Halaifonua knocked the ball on whilst defending a Saints overlap and was shown the yellow card with referee Matt Carley awarding Northampton the penalty try. Stephen Myler, making his 300th appearance in a Saints shirt, converted to give his side their first away win in Premiership Rugby since September.

OWEN FARRELL scored 16 points for Saracens as they scrapped to a 16-12 win against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Manu Tuilagi departed the field injured after just six minutes following a powerful run into the Saracens 22, fending one tackler and racing wide to be hauled down by three men and land awkwardly. And it was Owen Williams who got Tigers moving with a penalty after ten minutes, but Farrell pegged them back with a three-pointer of his own 15 minutes later. Farrell edged Saracens ahead with a second penalty after half an hour before a dominant Leicester scrummaging effort paved the way for a Williams penalty, but he missed a gilt-edged chance just on the stroke of half time to leave the scores at 6-6. There was no mistake with his next chance after 46 minutes, but it was Farrell who turned the game on its head with a well-taken score ten minutes later, trading penalties with Williams as they soaked up huge amounts of pressure to seal a tenth win of the season. The loss means Tigers remain outside the top four, while Mark McCall’s side stay in second behind Wasps going into Round 13.

WORCESTER WARRIORS bounced back from their Premiership defeat to Bristol Rugby by turning in an impressive performance to see off in-form Harlequins 24-17 for their second league win of the season. The Warriors ended their winless streak in style, with the foundations for the victory laid with a first-half performance which saw them 16-0 up at the break. Dean Hammond crossed the whitewash with the impressive Ryan Mills adding a further 11 points from the kicking tee before Ben Te’o’s try after the break made it 21-0. Quins, who had only ever lost once in any competition at Sixways back in October 2004, rallied with Charlie Matthews and Alofa Alofa dotting down, but the hosts held firm for their second Premiership win in 16 matches.

RESULTS

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 30 - 34 WASPSWasps

Kingston Park - Friday 30 December 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 22-21

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Belisario Agulla 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Marcus Watson 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Opeti Fonua 7 MARK WILSON (C) 6 Ally Hogg 5 Will Witty 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Ben Harris 18 David Wilson 19 Tyrone Holmes 20 Will Welch 21 Sam Egerton 22 Craig Willis 23 Dominic Waldouck

SCORERS T: Takulua, Watson, Vickers, Mark Wilson C: Hodgson (2) P: Hodgson (2)

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 Thomas Young 5 James Gaskell 4 Matt Symons 3 Marty Moore 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Tom Bristow 18 Phil Swainston 19 Will Rowlands 20 Alex Rieder 21 Joe Simpson 22 Jimmy Gopperth 23 Guy Armitage

SCORERS T: Cipriani, Wade, Young, Gopperth C: Cipriani (3), Gopperth P: Gopperth, Daly Yellow Card Bassett, Thompson

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 11 - 17 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Recreation Ground - Saturday 31 December 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 11-0

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Zach Mercer 7 Francois Louw 6 Tom Ellis 5 Dave Attwood 4 MATT GARVEY (CC) 3 Max Lahiff 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Michael van Vuuren 17 Nick Auterac 18 Shaun Knight 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Paul Grant 21 Darren Allinson 22 Max Clark 23 Anthony Watson

SCORERS T: Rokoduguni P: Ford (2)

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Sam Hill 11 Olly Woodburn 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Don Armand 6 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 4 Mitch Lees 3 Tomas Francis 2 Jack Yeandle 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Greg Holmes 19 Ollie Atkins 20 Kai Horstmann 21 Jack Maunder 22 Joe Simmonds 23 James Short

SCORERS T: Short (2) C: Steenson (2) P: Steenson

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 23 - 24 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

AJ Bell Stadium - Sunday 01 January 2017
KO: 14:30 HT: 15-10

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Johnny Leota 12 Sam Tuitupou 11 Josh Charnley 10 Sam James 9 James Mitchell 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Magnus Lund 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Jonathan Mills 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Neil Briggs 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Ben Curry 20 TJ Ioane 21 Mike Phillips 22 AJ MacGinty 23 Byron McGuigan

SCORERS T: PT, Solomona, Leota C: Mitchell P: Mitchell (2) Yellow Card Webber

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Jack Wallace 13 Thretton Palamo 12 Will Hurrell 11 Tom Varndell 10 Billy Searle 9 Will Cliff 8 Mitch Eadie 7 OLLY ROBINSON (C) 6 Nick Fenton-Wells 5 Ben Glynn 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Kyle Traynor 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 James Phillips 20 Mark Sorenson 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Luke Arscott

SCORERS T: Varndell, Williams, Crumpton C: Woodward (3) P: Woodward Yellow Card Bevington, Tuohy

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER 12 - 13 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Kingsholm - Sunday 01 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 9-0

 

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 David Halaifonua 13 Andrew Symons 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Jonny May 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Jeremy Thrush 4 Tom Savage 3 Salesi Ma’afu 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Josh Hohneck BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Paddy McAllister 18 John Afoa 19 Mariano Galarza 20 Ross Moriarty 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Mat Protheroe 23 Matt Scott

SCORERS  P: Burns (4) Yellow Card Halaifonua

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Ken Pisi 13 Luther Burrell 12 JJ Hanrahan 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Teimana Harrison 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Christian Day 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Tom Kessell 22 Harry Mallinder 23 Juan Pablo Estelles

SCORERS T: PT C: Myler P: Myler (2)

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 12 - 16 SARACENSSaracens

Welford Road - Sunday 01 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-6

 

TIGERS: 15 Freddie Burns 14 Peter Betham 13 Jack Roberts 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Adam Thompstone 10 Owen Williams 9 Ben Youngs 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 Ed Slater 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Pat Cilliers 18 Greg Bateman 19 Graham Kitchener 20 Will Evans 21 Sam Harrison 22 George Worth 23 Tom Brady

SCORERS P: Owen Willams (4)

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Owen Farrell 9 Ben Spencer 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Michael Rhodes 5 Maro Itoje 4 Will Skelton 3 Juan Figallo 2 Jamie George 1 Richard Barrington BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Kelly Brown 21 Neil De Kock 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Nathan Earle

SCORERS T: Farrell C: Farrell P: Farrell (3)

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 24 - 17 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Sixways - Sunday 01 January 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 16-0

 

WARRIORS: 15 Josh Adams 14 Dean Hammond 13 Ben Te'o 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Ryan Mills 9 Michael Dowsett 8 Alafoti Fa’osiliva 7 Sam Lewis 6 DEWALD POTGIETER (C) 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jack Singleton 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 Biyi Alo 19 Tevita Cavubati 20 Phil Dowson 21 George de Cothi 22 Connor Braid 23 Wynand Olivier

SCORERS T: Hammond, Te'o C: Mills P: Mills (4) Yellow Card Barry

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Alofa Alofa 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 Charlie Matthews 4 George Merrick 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Will Collier 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Karl Dickson 22 Tim Swiel 23 Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Matthews, Alofa C: Swiel (2) P: Swiel Yellow Card Marler

Referee: Luke Pearce

top

 

 


Week 11Aviva Premiership Week 11

FIRST-HALF tries from Ben Foden and Tom Wood helped Northampton Saints battle past Sale Sharks to their fifth Aviva Premiership Rugby win of the season at Franklin’s Gardens. The hosts started quickly and were ahead within four minutes as Foden fought his way over in the corner, following some neat passing out wide. Wood added a well-constructed second just before the half-hour mark, but Sale started to control territory and possession as the half wore on. Denny Solomona scored an excellent debut try to give Sale hope late in the second period, but they paid for their wastefulness in front of the try line as Luther Burrell crossed in the final minute to confirm a Saints win. There were celebrations before kick off as Alex Waller led the Saints out on the night of his 200th game, while winger Juan Pablo Estelles made his first Aviva Premiership Rugby appearance.

SARACENS ended their stellar 2016 with a gritty win over Newcastle Falcons as Chris Ashton marked his return to action with the game-clinching try at Allianz Park. Not as stunning as some of their performances this season, but Saracens were still too good for Falcons, despite the visitors having the better of the opening period. The home side outscored Falcons two tries to nil, with Ashton adding to Marcelo Bosch’s earlier effort to a game in which Newcastle failed to score after the 11th minute, while fly half Owen Farrell contributing 11 points from his boot.

WASPS stayed hot on the heels of leaders Saracens with a 40-26 victory over Bath Rugby in a scintillating Christmas Eve encounter in Coventry. Both Joe Launchbury and Matt Mullan were making landmark appearances, with the skipper notching up his 100th game in a Wasps shirt while the front row made it 150 Aviva Premiership Rugby games. A whopping 26,292 people – the largest Premiership crowd of the season outside the London Double Header – were at the Ricoh Arena to see Christian Wade break his seven-game try drought in style, scoring a first-half double as Wasps built a big lead. Dai Young’s son Thomas also went over, while Ross Batty and Dave Attwood kept the score respectable for Bath, but Wade completed his treble shortly after the interval to give them a commanding advantage. Bath were down but not out as Tom Ellis and Ben Tapuai made sure they would take home at least a losing-bonus point, but Jimmy Gopperth was relentless from the tee in the second half as Wasps eased to a win that saw them stay second in the standings and complete 2016 unbeaten at home. It was also a record-breaking day personally for Wade, who smashed the record for the most tries in a calendar year, with his treble taking his tally to 18.

EXETER CHIEFS leapfrogged opponents Leicester Tigers into the top four as early Jack Yeandle and Thomas Waldrom tries set them on their way to a 31-10 victory at Sandy Park. Chiefs – last season’s Aviva Premiership runners-up – are once again in the play-off places at Christmas, thanks largely to perhaps their best first-half performance of the campaign so far. Yeandle and Waldrom went over from close-range in the first quarter before further persistent pressure was rewarded with a penalty try when Graham Kitchener deliberately knocked on, for a 21-0 lead at the break. Exeter’s defence had also been impressive when called upon and although Harry Thacker and Jono Kitto crossed for Tigers after the interval, Ollie Devoto’s effort in between wrapped up the four-try bonus point. The victory means Chiefs have lost just one of their last seven matches in all competitions, while it was only a second win over Leicester in the last nine contests between the sides.

TOM VARNDELL’S fast finishing was to the fore as he ran in a hat-trick to hand Bristol Rugby their first Premiership win of the season, beating Worcester Warriors with 14 men. The flying winger now sits on 89 tries, one behind Mark Cueto’s all-time Premiership record, as Bristol cut the gap on Worcester in the table. Varndell got his opener, minutes before Tusi Pisi saw red for the home side and Darren Barry’s try saw Worcester go ahead. But Varndell got his second before the break, and when Dean Hammond ran in a long-distance effort after half time, the veteran was on hand to complete his hat-trick and secure the points.

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s Christmas showcase once again did not fail to deliver the goods, as Harlequins defeated Gloucester Rugby 28-24 in a sensational Big Game 9 at Twickenham. Joe Marchant scored the only try in a nip-and-tuck first half that featured 22 set pieces, with Ruaridh Jackson outscoring compatriot Greig Laidlaw by two penalties to one to make it 11-3 at the break. But the second period far more closely resembled the try-fest of Big Game 8, with Marchant adding his second after Jack Clifford collected Mike Brown’s grubber to score. Gareth Evans and James Hook kept Gloucester in touch, before Motu Matu’u set up a grandstand finish with a try after Clifford saw yellow, but Quins held out in a spellbinding finish for their first win in the last three Big Games.

RESULTS

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 25 - 5 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Franklin's Gardens - Friday 23 December 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 14-0

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Ken Pisi 13 Luther Burrell 12 JJ Hanrahan 11 Juan Pablo Estelles 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Teimana Harrison 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Christian Day 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Tom Kessell 22 James Wilson 23 Nafi Tuitavake

SCORERS T: Foden, Wood, Burrell C: Myler (3) P: Myler

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Denny Solomona 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Josh Charnley 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 TJ Ioane 7 MAGNUS LUND (C) 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Neil Briggs 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Josh Beaumont 20 Jonathan Mills 21 David Seymour 22 James Mitchell 23 Tom Arscott

SCORERS T: Solomona Yellow Card Phillips

Referee: Greg Garner

 

SaracensSARACENS 21 - 6 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Allianz Park - Saturday 24 December 2016
KO: 13:30 HT: 13-6

SARACENS: 15 Sean Maitland 14 Nathan Earle 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 Nick Tompkins 11 Chris Wyles 10 OWEN FARRELL (C) 9 Ben Spencer 8 Jackson Wray 7 Michael Rhodes 6 Maro Itoje 5 George Kruis 4 Will Skelton 3 Vincent Koch 2 Jamie George 1 Richard Barrington BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Juan Figallo 19 Schalk Burger 20 Joel Conlon 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Chris Ashton

SCORERS T: Bosch, Ashton C: Farrell P: Farrell (3)

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Marcus Watson 13 Fred Burdon 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Vereniki Goneva 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Ally Hogg 7 MARK WILSON (C) 6 Callum Chick 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Ben Harris 18 Paddy Ryan 19 Will Witty 20 Opeti Fonua 21 Sam Egerton 22 Craig Willis 23 Dominic Waldouck

SCORERS P: Hodgson (2)

Referee: Matt Carley

 

WaspsWASPS 40 - 26 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

Ricoh Arena - Saturday 24 December 2016
KO: 14:00 HT: 24-14

WASPS: 15 Kurtley Beale 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Frank Halai 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 James Gaskell 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Marty Moore 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Alex Rieder 17 Tom Bristow 18 Phil Swainston 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Guy Thompson 21 Dan Robson 22 Kyle Eastmond 23 Rob Miller

SCORERS T: Wade (3), Young C: Gopperth (4) P: Gopperth (4)

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Francois Louw 6 MATT GARVEY (CC) 5 Dave Attwood 4 Luke Charteris 3 Max Lahiff 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Nick Auterac 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Tom Ellis 21 Darren Allinson 22 Adam Hastings 23 Max Clark

SCORERS T: Batty, Attwood, Ellis, Tapuai C: Ford (3)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 31 - 10 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Sandy Park - Saturday 24 December 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 21-0

 

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Jack Nowell 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Henry Slade 11 Olly Woodburn 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Don Armand 6 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 4 Mitch Lees 3 Tomas Francis 2 Jack Yeandle 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Greg Holmes 19 Ollie Atkins 20 Kai Horstmann 21 Jack Maunder 22 Sam Hill 23 James Short

SCORERS T: Yeandle, Waldrom, PT, Devoto C: Steenson (4) P: Steenson

TIGERS: 15 Freddie Burns 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Jack Roberts 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 Peter Betham 10 Owen Williams 9 Sam Harrison 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 ED SLATER (C) 3 Pat Cilliers 2 George McGuigan 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 Logovi’i Mulipola 18 Dan Cole 19 Graham Kitchener 20 Will Evans 21 Jono Kitto 22 George Worth 23 Tom Brady

SCORERS T: O'Connor, Kitto Yellow Card Kitchener

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 28 - 20 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Ashton Gate - Monday 26 December 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 18-13

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Jack Wallace 13 Will Hurrell 12 Tusi Pisi 11 Tom Varndell 10 Billy Searle 9 Will Cliff 8 Mitch Eadie 7 OLLY ROBINSON (C) 6 Nick Fenton-Wells 5 Ben Glynn 4 Dan Tuohy 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Ryan Bevington BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Kyle Traynor 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 James Phillips 20 Mark Sorenson 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Thretton Palamo

SCORERS T: Varndell (3) C: Woodward (2) P: Woodward (3) Red Card Pisi

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Dean Hammond 13 Ben Te’o 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Jamie Shillcock 9 Michael Dowsett 8 Alafoti Fa’osiliva 7 Sam Lewis 6 DEWALD POTGIETER (C) 5 Darren Barry 4 Christian Scotland-Williamson 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga BENCH: 16 Jack Singleton 17 Ryan Bower 18 James Johnston 19 Will Spencer 20 Phil Dowson 21 George de Cothi 22 Josh Adams 23 Connor Braid

SCORERS T: Barry, Hammond C: Pennell (2) P: Shillcock, Pennell Yellow Card Barry

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 28 - 24 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Twickenham Stadium - Tuesday 27 December 2016
KO: 16:00 HT: 11-3

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Ruaridh Jackson 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace6 James Chisholm 5 Charlie Matthews 4 George Merrick 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Will Collier 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Karl Dickson 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Marchant (2), Clifford C: Jackson (2) P: Jackson (3) Yellow Card Clifford

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Jonny May 10 Billy Burns 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Gareth Evans 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 Josh Hohneck 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Yann Thomas 18 Salesi Ma’afu 19 Jeremy Thrush 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Willi Heinz 22 Andrew Symons 23 Henry Purdy

SCORERS T: Evans, Hook, Matu'u C: Laidlaw (2), Burns P: Laidlaw Yellow Card May

Referee: JP Doyle

top

 

 


Week 10Aviva Premiership Week 10

THREE first-half tries saw Exeter Chiefs momentarily move into the top four of the Premiership table after a scrappy win away at Sale Sharks. A powerful start for the Chiefs earned them a penalty try before winger James Short crashed over in the corner. Scrum-half Will Chudley scored their third before the break, suggesting the visitors could rack up another impressive total – after scoring 57 against Worcester Warriors last week. But the second half was pointless, as Sale failed to find a way through a tight Chiefs defence.

BATH RUGBY made their first-half dominance count at the Rec but only just, as a dogged Saracens fell to defeat for just the second time in their last 17 Premiership matches. The home side, who controlled much of the first half, entered the break with just a three-point advantage, as Sean Maitland struck back for Saracens after Max Clark’s try and two Tom Homer penalties. In a mark of champions, however, Saracens refused to buckle and Alex Lozowski’s drop-goal got them back on level terms early in the second half. Ultimately the superb Homer’s third penalty of the day settled the game as Bath’s defence handled everything a Saracens side, including a fit-again Maro Itoje, could throw at them. But the Rec crowd had their hearts in their mouths at the death before watching Lozowski’s final penalty attempt fail to reach the posts.

GLOUCESTER RUGBY racked up four second-half tries to come from behind and beat local rivals Bristol Rugby at Kingsholm. The visitors looked on track for their first league win of the season after a promising first-half performance and two Jason Woodward penalties saw them hold a six-point advantage over an out-of-sorts Gloucester. But the Cherry and Whites came out invigorated after the restart with tries from Matt Scott, Willi Heinz and Henry Purdy, plus a penalty try, putting them in the driving seat for the win despite late efforts for Jack Wallace and Luke Arscott for the spirited visitors in the closing minutes.

HEROIC defensive efforts from both sides meant the boot was king in the second half at Welford Road and a last-gasp Owen Williams penalty denied Northampton Saints a losing bonus point against Leicester Tigers. The kick ensured Tigers move onto seven wins from their ten games this season, while Saints sank to their fourth successive East Midlands derby defeat in a row, and remain on four wins for the campaign. Adam Thompstone and Mike Haywood exchanged first half tries, with the boot of Freddie Burns handing his side a narrow half time lead. And with neither side able to cross the whitewash in the second period, two more Tigers penalties were enough to secure the win.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring in a black shirt to down Harlequins. Ten tries kept the crowd enthralled as Socino grabbed two, while Marcus Watson, Michael Young, Mark Wilson and Evan Olmstead completed the Falcons try scorers. But Harlequins did not leave empty handed as Tim Visser’s last-gasp try, and Ruaridh Jackson’s conversion gave them a try bonus point, as well as a losing bonus point. Harlequins, without a win – or even a point – on the road this season before kick-off, enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges. And a period of return kicking from 22 to 22, led to an opening for Visser whose kick forward put Luke Wallace clean through, but he could not gather and the opportunity was gone.

WASPS moved to within one point of the Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in their 26-12 victory at Worcester Warriors. Brendan Macken’s first-minute intercept score, the fastest this season, got the visitors underway in perfect style, with Rob Miller’s five kicks helping them to a 19-12 first-half lead. But the Warriors were far from cut adrift, a quartet of Jamie Shillcock penalties their influence on the scoreboard. Man-of-the-match Dan Robson’s touch of second-half class earned a second try as Wasps held their own, back within touching distance of league leaders Saracens in their two-try success.

RESULTS

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 3 - 21 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 02 December 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 3-21

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Tom Arscott 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Josh Charnley 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 TJ Ioane 7 Ben Curry 6 Cameron Neild 5 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 4 Bryn Evans 3 Brian Mujati 2 Rob Webber 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Neil Briggs 17 James Flynn 18 Halani Aulika 19 Jonathan Mills 20 David Seymour 21 Peter Stringer 22 Sam Tuitupou 23 Paolo Odogwu

SCORERS P: MacGinty Yellow Card Beaumont

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Sam Hill 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Kai Horstmann 6 Don Armand 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Greg Holmes 2 Jack Yeandle 1 Carl Rimmer BENCH: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Ben Moon 18 Harry Williams 19 Jonny Hill 20 Dave Ewers 21 Jack Maunder 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Michele Campagnaro

SCORERS T: PT, Short, Chudley C: Steenson (3) Yellow Card Campagnaro

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 14 - 11 SARACENSSaracens

Recreation Ground - Saturday 03 December 2016
KO: 12:15 HT: 11-8

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Max Clark 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 Dan Bowden 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Tom Ellis 6 MATT GARVEY (C) 5 Dave Attwood 4 Luke Charteris 3 Max Lahiff 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Beno Obano 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Paul Grant 20 Zach Mercer 21 Darren Allinson 22 Adam Hastings 23 Jack Wilson

SCORERS T: Clark P: Homer (3)

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Sean Maitland 13 Nick Tompkins 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Ben Spencer 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Mike Rhodes 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Maro Itoje 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Titi Lamositele BENCH: 16 Jared Saunders 17 Richard Barrington 18 Vincent Koch 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Kelly Brown 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Marcelo Bosch 23 Nathan Earle

SCORERS T: Maitland P: Lozowski DG: Lozowski Yellow Card Lozowski

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER RUGBY 26 - 18 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Kingsholm - Saturday 03 December 2016
KO: 16:30 HT: 0-6

 

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Tom Lindsay 17 Josh Hohneck 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Joe Latta 20 Ross Moriarty 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Ollie Thorley

SCORERS T: Scott, Heinz, PT, Purdy C: Hook (3)

BRISTOL: 15 Jason Woodward 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Jack Tovey 12 Will Hurrell 11 Jack Wallace 10 Adrian Jarvis 9 Rhodri Williams 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Olly Robinson 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Mark Sorenson 4 Jon Fisher 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Rob Hawkins 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Marc Jones 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 James Phillips 20 Nick Fenton-Wells 21 Will Cliff 22 Billy Searle 23 Luke Arscott

SCORERS T: Wallace, Arscott C: Woodward P: Woodward (2) Yellow Card Ford Robinson

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 19 - 11 NORTHAMPTON Northampton Saints

Welford Road - Saturday 03 December 2016
KO: 17:00 HT: 13-11

TIGERS: 15 George Worth 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Owen Williams 11 Tom Brady 10 Freddie Burns 9 Jono Kitto 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Ed Slater 3 Greg Bateman 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Logovi'i Mulipola BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 Ellis Genge 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Lachlan McCaffrey 20 Will Evans 21 Sam Harrison 22 Manu Tuilagi 23 JP Pietersen

SCORERS T: Thompstone C: Burns P: Burns (3), Williams Yellow Card Thompstone

SAINTS: 15 BEN FODEN (C) 14 Jamie Elliott 13 Luther Burrell 12 JJ Hanrahan 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Tom Kessell 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Ben Nutley 6 Jamie Gibson 5 James Craig 4 Michael Paterson 3 Paul Hill 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Gareth Denman 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Lewis Ludlam 21 Nic Groom 22 George Pisi 23 Ken Pisi

SCORERS T: Haywood P: Myler (2) Yellow Card Burrell

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 38 - 32 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Kingston Park - Sunday 04 December 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 21-8

 

FALCONS: 15 Mike Delany 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Fred Burdon 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Alex Tait 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Michael Young 8 Ally Hogg 7 MARK WILSON (C) 6 Callum Chick 5 Will Witty 4 Evan Olmstead 3 David Wilson 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Alex Rogers 18 Jon Welsh 19 Opeti Fonua 20 Nick Civetta 21 Sonatane Takulua 22 Marcus Watson 23 Dominic Waldouck

SCORERS T: Young, Socino (2), Mark Wilson, Olmstead, Watson C: Hodgson (3), Delany

HARLEQUINS: 15 Aaron Morris 14 Alofa Alofa 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Tim Swiel 9 Karl Dickson 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 James Chisholm 5 JAMES HORWILL (C) 4 Charlie Matthews 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Adam Jones 19 George Merrick 20 George Naoupu 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Buchanan, Dickson (2), Visser C: Jackson (3) P: Swiel, Jackson

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 12 - 26 WASPSWasps

Sixways - Sunday 04 December 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 12-19

 

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Bryce Heem 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Jamie Shillcock 9 Jonny Arr 8 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 7 Sam Lewis 6 DEWALD POTGIETER (C) 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jack Singleton 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 James Johnston 19 Andrew Kitchener 20 Phil Dowson 21 Michael Dowsett 22 Connor Braid 23 Josh Adams

SCORERS P: Shillcock (4)

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Frank Halai 13 Brendan Macken 12 Alapati Leiua 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 Kearnan Myall 4 James Gaskell 3 Marty Moore 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Jack Willis 17 Ben Harris 18 Phil Swainston 19 Will Rowlands 20 Guy Thompson 21 Joe Simpson 22 Guy Armitage 23 Piers O’Conor

SCORERS T: Macken, Robson C: Miller (2) P: Miller (4)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

top

 

 


Week 9Aviva Premiership Week 9

ELLIS GENGE’S second-half score edged Leicester Tigers to a nervy 21-16 victory against Bristol Rugby to keep in touch with the Aviva Premiership Rugby top three. It was a back and forth affair in the first period and Bristol had gone ahead through 20-year-old fly-half Billy Searle before Freddie Burns drew Richard Cockerill’s men level. But Burns struck next and though Searle was on-song again, Ian Evans was sent to the sin bin and the Leicester No. 10’s fine cross-kick freed up Adam Thompstone to score the game’s first try. Leicester continued their dominance after the break, Genge powering over from close range for a try against his old club before Rob Hawkins struck back for Bristol Rugby. Jarvis converted and a second penalty from his boot set up a tense finish, Tigers held out to stay fourth in Aviva Premiership Rugby as Manu Tuilagi made a long-awaited comeback.

NIKI GONEVA’S late breakaway score saw Newcastle Falcons just edge out 14-man Northampton Saints to record a vital 22-16 away triumph at Franklin’s Gardens, and put an abrupt end to the hosts’ four-game winning run. Dean Richards’ side led 8-3 at the break thanks to a try and a penalty from Joel Hodgson, but despite Stephen Myler’s penalty in response, the hosts had a mammoth task ahead of them when Kieran Brookes was sent off in the dying embers of the first half. But while Northampton’s 1000th Aviva Premiership Rugby try – scored by Christian Day – remarkably sent them ahead, not even two more Myler penalties were enough as Will Witty and Goneva both scored in the final 20 minutes of the game.

EXETER CHIEFS scored eight tries as they eased past Worcester Warriors in an open and attacking match at Sandy Park. The home side wasted no time in getting started as Jack Yeandle and Will Chudley scored first-half tries, while debutante referee Matthew O’Grady awarded a penalty try shortly after. And in the second-half the floodgates opened as Olly Woodburn, Carl Rimmer, Thomas Waldrom, James Short and Ian Whitten each scored. Worcester also improved after the break and went close to a bonus point themselves, as Josh Adams, Wynand Olivier and Dewald Potgieter all scored tries, to give the away fans something to shout about.

CHAMPIONS Saracens strengthened their position at the top of the table but they were pushed hard by a resurgent Gloucester Rugby side. The Cherry and Whites, who ended a four-game Premiership winless streak with victory over Wasps last Saturday, enjoyed a perfect start with Ben Morgan going over inside 60 seconds. They went on to lead 17-15 at the break too with Billy Burns try and James Hook’s penalty adding to their tally. But Saracens also dotted down twice in the first-half through man of the match Brad Barritt and Mike Ellery to stay in touch before grinding out the win in the second-half thanks to three Alex Lozowski penalties – the Saracens man finishing the game with 14 points as his side recorded their 12th consecutive home win in all competitions.

ROB MILLER scored two tries in as many minutes to get Wasps back to winning ways against a Sale Sharks side who refused to bow down to defeat. The visitors broke the deadlock when AJ MacGinty scored three from the tee in the opening stages of the game, before Danny Cipriani swung the game in Wasps’ favour with the first try of the afternoon. Two tries from Ashley Johnson plus Miller’s brace ensured the spoils would be remaining at the Ricoh Arena, despite Bryn Evans scoring two of his own for the Sharks in the second half. But thanks to Jimmy Gopperth’s expertise from the tee, Dai Young’s men were able to hold on to their lead for the bonus point win.

HARLEQUINS ensured their unbeaten home start to the Premiership campaign went on as Tim Swiel’s late penalty secured a dramatic finish against Bath Rugby. The fly-half made no mistake despite the unenviable distance from the tee, kicking straight and true with just minutes to go at the Stoop as Bath fell to a second defeat of the season. Tim Visser scored early on, but despite enjoying the better of the play, Quins struggled to make the scoreboard reflect their time in Bath’s 22. And it was that which they almost rued come the break, Kane Palma-Newport’s score closing the gap to 11-10 at the break. And while Karl Dickson and Nathan Catt exchanged tries, it was left to South African Swiel to seal the deal with just a couple of minutes remaining – a fifth win of the league season.

RESULTS

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 16 - 21 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Ashton Gate - Friday 25 November 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 6-11

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Jason Woodward 12 Will Hurrell 11 Jack Tovey 10 Billy Searle 9 Rhodri Williams 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Olly Robinson 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Mark Sorenson 4 Ian Evans 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Marc Jones 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Rob Hawkins 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 James Phillips 20 Jon Fisher 21 Will Cliff 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Jack Wallace

SCORERS T: Hawkins C: Jarvis P: Searle (2), Jarvis Yellow Card Evans, Woodward

TIGERS: 15 George Worth 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Owen Williams 11 Tom Brady 10 Freddie Burns 9 Sam Harrison 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Will Evans 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Ed Slater 3 Greg Bateman 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 Riccardo Brugnara 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Harry Wells 20 Lachlan McCaffrey 21 Jono Kitto 22 Manu Tuilagi 23 Jack Roberts

SCORERS T: Thompstone, Genge C: Burns P: Burns (3) Yellow Card McCaffrey

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 16 - 22 NEWCASTLE Newcastle Falcons

Franklin's Gardens - Friday 25 November 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 3-8

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Jamie Elliott 13 Luther Burrell 12 Rory Hutchinson 11 Tom Collins 10 Stephen Myler 9 Tom Kessell 8 Ben Nutley 7 Jamie Gibson 6 Michael Paterson 5 CHRISTIAN DAY (C) 4 James Craig 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Jordan Onojaife 20 Lewis Ludlam 21 Nic Groom 22 JJ Hanrahan 23 James Wilson

SCORERS T: Day C: Myler P: Myler (3) Red Card Brookes

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Marcus Watson 10 Joel Hodgson 9 Michael Young 8 Ally Hogg 7 MARK WILSON (C) 6 Callum Chick 5 Will Witty 4 Calum Green 3 David Wilson 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Alex Rogers 18 Scott Wilson 19 Nick Civetta 20 Opeti Fonua 21 Sam Egerton 22 Brett Connon 23 Fred Burdon

SCORERS T: Hodgson, Witty, Goneva C: Hodgson P: Hodgson

Referee: Andrew Jackson

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 57-22 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Sandy Park - Saturday 26 November 2016
KO: 16:30 HT: 24-3

 

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Ian Whitten 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Kai Horstmann 6 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Jack Yeandle 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Greg Holmes 19 Geoff Parling 20 Dave Ewers 21 Jack Maunder 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Sam Hill

SCORERS T: Yeandle, Chudley, PT, Woodburn, Rimmer, Waldrom, Short, Whitten C: Steenson (6), Simmonds P: Steenson Yellow Card Waldrom

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Bryce Heem 13 Dean Hammond 12 Wynand Olivier 11 Josh Adams 10 Jamie Shillcock 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Dewald Potgieter 5 Darren Barry 4 Andrew Kitchener 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jack Singleton 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Matti Williams 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 Mike Daniels 19 Donncha O’Callaghan 20 Sam Lewis 21 Michael Dowsett 22 Tom Biggs 23 Jackson Willison

SCORERS T: Adams, Olivier, Potgieter C: Shillcock (2) P: Shillcock Yellow Card Barry

Referee: Matthew O’Grady

 

SaracensSARACENS 24 - 20 GLOUCESTER RUGBYGloucester Rugby

Allianz Park - Sunday 27 November 2016
KO: 13:00 HT: 15-17

 

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Mike Ellery 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Kelly Brown 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Petrus du Plessis 2 Schalk Brits 1 Richard Barrington BENCH: 16 Jared Saunders 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Juan Figallo 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Joel Conlon 21 Ben Spencer 22 Nick Tompkins 23 Andrew Fenby

SCORERS T: Barritt, Ellery C: Lozowski P: Lozowski (4)

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Tom Lindsay 17 Josh Hohneck 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Joe Latta 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Callum Braley 22 Billy Twelvetrees 23 Ollie Thorley

SCORERS T: Morgan, Burns C: Hook (2) P: Hook (2) Yellow Card Afoa

Referee: Greg Macdonald

 

WaspsWASPS 34 - 24 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 27 November 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 22-3

 

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Kyle Eastmond 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Frank Halai 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Alex Rieder 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Matt Symons 3 Marty Moore 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Jack Willis 17 Tom Bristow 18 Phil Swainston 19 Will Rowlands 20 James Gaskell 21 Dan Robson 22 Alapati Leiua 23 Tom Howe

SCORERS T: Cipriani, Johnson (2), Miller (2) C: Gopperth (3) P: Gopperth

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Will Addison 13 Sam James 12 Sam Tuitupou 11 Josh Charnley 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Ben Curry 6 TJ Ioane 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Brian Mujati 2 Neil Briggs 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Rob Webber 17 James Flynn 18 Halani Aulika 19 Cameron Neild 20 Tom Curry 21 Peter Stringer 22 Mark Jennings 23 Tom Arscott

SCORERS T: Evans (2), Haley C: MacGinty (2), Arscott P: MacGinty

Referee: Thomas Foley

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 21 - 20 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

Twickenham Stoop - Sunday 27 November 2016
KO: 15:15 HT: 11-10

 

HARLEQUINS: 15 Aaron Morris 14 Marland Yarde 13 Alofa Alofa 12 Joe Marchant 11 Tim Visser 10 NICK EVANS (C) 9 Karl Dickson 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 James Chisholm 5 Charlie Matthews 4 George Merrick 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Adam Jones 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Charlie Walker

SCORERS T: Visser, Dickson C: Swiel P: Swiel (3)

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Max Clark 12 Ben Tapuai 11 Aled Brew 10 Dan Bowden 9 Darren Allinson 8 Zach Mercer 7 Guy Mercer 6 Tom Ellis 5 Dave Attwood 4 MATT GARVEY (C) 3 Kane Palma-Newport 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Michael van Vuuren 17 Beno Obano 18 Max Lahiff 19 Paul Grant 20 Levi Douglas 21 Will Homer 22 Adam Hastings 23 Matt Banahan

SCORERS T: Palma-Newport, Catt C: Tom Homer (2) P: Tom Homer (2)

Referee: Dean Richards

top

 

 


Week 8Aviva Premiership Week 8

JACK WILSON’S first-half try sealed the bragging rights for Bath Rugby as they won the first Aviva Premiership Rugby West Country derby for seven years, and momentarily go top of the table in the process. In a game dominated by the boot, Tom Homer’s two penalties were outdone by Billy Searle’s three for Bristol Rugby, but Wilson’s try, converted by the Bath full-back, sealed the win for the home side. Both sides came into the game with something to prove as Bath looked to bounce back from the previous weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup defeat to Scarlets, while Bristol wanted to show their cup win against Sale Sharks was not a one-off; Bath came out on top.

EXETER CHIEFS scored four tries as they edged an intriguing battle at Newcastle Falcons to secure their third win of the season. Ollie Devoto raced 60 metres to score the visitors’ first try in the opening period, before Scott Lawson crossed for the hosts. Thomas Waldrom restored the Chiefs the lead with a typical finish following a line-out but the Falcons showed plenty of spirit as Alex Tait got them to within striking distance. But James Short and Will Chudley killed off any hopes of a comeback as they crossed to score Exeter’s third and fourth tries in the second half, condemning Newcastle to their fifth defeat of the campaign.

STEPHEN MYLER’S six successful penalties and a stubborn defensive effort saw Northampton Saints inflict a narrow defeat on Worcester Warriors, their first home loss of the season. Dean Hammond’s early score had helped the Warriors to a 10-3 lead, but frequent penalties allowed the metronomic boot of Myler to chip away at the deficit. And it eventually saw the Saints into the lead, but there was late drama as Bryce Heem touched down and after nailing the conversion Jamie Shillcock had a 50m penalty to win the game, but his effort drifted wide of the posts.

CHARLIE SHARPLES’ late score and the boot of James Hook fired Gloucester Rugby to an impressive bonus-point victory over high-flying Wasps at Kingsholm. Hook had given Gloucester the lead after six minutes, but Wasps fought back through a Thomas Young try, before Richard Hibbard’s score kept the Cherry and Whites ahead. After Jimmy Gopperth had moved Wasps ahead from the tee, Mark Atkinson capitalised on a Danny Cipriani mistake to reclaim the lead before Matt Scott extended their advantage. Wasps threatened to come from behind when Young grabbed his second try, but Sharples wrapped up the bonus-point win after superb work from Willi Heinz before Henry Purdy added further gloss at the death.

SARACENS maintained their place at the top of the table for another week following a fourth successive victory in the Premiership over Sale Sharks. With the exception of five minutes early on in the match when Josh Beaumont went over for the opening try in the second quarter, the visiting Londoners steadily increased their lead over the course of the game, matching the Sale captain’s try with a first from Marcelo Bosch, and Alex Lozowski adding eight points from his boot to take a 13-7 lead into the break. The Sharks fly half MacGinty added two more penalties in the second half, but it was not enough to match tries from replacements Matt Gallagher and Ben Spencer. Lozowski added another penalty and conversion to take the final score to 13-28, both sides suffering with Halani 'Aulika and Mike Rhodes both sent to the bin within a few minutes of each other, neither team able to take advantage of the extra man. Sharks fell to seventh in the table below Saints.

FREDDIE BURNS produced a virtuoso display to lead Leicester Tigers back into the top four of the table with a 25-6 win over Harlequins. The fly-half scored 10 points, also creating the opening try for Owen Williams, as Tigers moved back ahead of Exeter Chiefs. The home side edged the first half, leading 9-6 but after the break they really started to take control, as Burns added two penalties, a drop goal and as well as putting Williams over for the try. Harlequins battled hard in the first half, but struggled to create chances in the second and never really threatened a win on the road.

RESULTS

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 16 - 9 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Recreation Ground - Friday 18 November 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-9 Att: tbc

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Darren Atkins 13 Max Clark 12 Matt Banahan 11 Jack Wilson 10 RHYS PRIESTLAND (CC) 9 Darren Allinson 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 Guy Mercer 6 Tom Ellis 5 MATT GARVEY (CC) 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Kane Palma-Newport 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Beno Obano 18 Max Lahiff 19 Paul Grant 20 Zach Mercer 21 Will Homer 22 Adam Hastings 23 Ben Tapuai

SCORERS T: Wilson C: Tom Homer P: Tom Homer (3)

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Jason Woodward 12 Will Hurrell 11 Jack Tovey 10 Billy Searle 9 Rhodri Williams 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Olly Robinson 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Mark Sorenson 4 Ian Evans 3 Jamal Ford-Robinson 2 Marc Jones 1 Kyle Traynor  BENCH: 16 Rob Hawkins 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Gaston Cortes 19 James Phillips 20 Jon Fisher 21 Will Cliff 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Jack Wallace

SCORERS P: Searle (3) Yellow Card Woodward

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER 17 - 18 NORTHAMPTON SAINTSNorthampton Saints

Sixways - Friday 18 November 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 10-9 Att: tbc

WARRIORS: 15 Chris Pennell 14 Dean Hammond 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Ryan Mills 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Jamie Shillcock 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Dewald Potgieter 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Niall Annett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jack Singleton 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 Mike Daniels 19 Andrew Kitchener 20 Matt Cox 21 Michael Dowsett 22 Josh Adams 23 Bryce Heem

SCORERS T: Hammond, Heem C: Shillcock (2) P: Shillcock Yellow Card Mills

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Jamie Elliott 13 Luther Burrell 12 Rory Hutchinson 11 James Wilson 10 Stephen Myler 9 Lee Dickson 8 SAM DICKINSON (C) 7 Calum Clark 6 Jamie Gibson 5 Christian Day 4 Michael Paterson 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 James Craig 20 Ben Nutley 21 Tom Kessell 22 Sam Olver 23 Tom Collins

SCORERS P: Myler (6) Yellow Card Clark

Referee: Greg Macdonald

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 19 - 32 EXETER CHIEFSExeter Chiefs

Kingston Park - Friday 18 November 2016
KO: 20:00 HT: 8-14 Att: tbc

FALCONS: 15 Alex Tait 14 Marcus Watson 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Michael Young 8 Ally Hogg 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Will Witty 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Sam Lockwood BENCH: 16 David Nelson 17 Rob Vickers 18 David Wilson 19 Glen Young 20 Opeti Fonua 21 Sam Egerton 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Vereniki Goneva

SCORERS T: Lawson, Tait P: Delany (3) Yellow Card Green

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Ian Whitten 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Kai Horstmann 6 Dave Dennis 5 Jonny Hill 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Jack Yeandle 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Shaun Malton 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Greg Holmes 19 Geoff Parling 20 Ben White 21 Jack Maunder 22 Joe Simmonds 23 Lachie Turner

SCORERS T: Devoto, Waldrom, Short, Chudley C: Steenson (3) P: Steenson (2)

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER RUGBY 36 - 18 WASPSWasps

Kingsholm - Saturday 19 November 2016
KO: 16:30 HT: 10-5 Att: tbc

 

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Motu Matu’u 17 Yann Thomas 18 Josh Hohneck 19 Joe Latta 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Callum Braley 22 Mat Protheroe 23 Ollie Thorley

SCORERS T: Hibbard, Atkinson, Scott, Sharples, Purdy C: Hook (4) P: Hook

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Kyle Eastmond 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Guy Thompson 7 Thomas Young 6 James Gaskell 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Matt Symons 3 Phil Swainston 2 Tommy Taylor 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Tom Bristow 18 Marty Moore 19 Will Rowlands 20 Ashley Johnson 21 Joe Simpson 22 Frank Halai 23 Alapati Leiua

SCORERS T: Young (2) C: Gopperth P: Gopperth (2)

Referee: Dean Richards

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 13 - 28 SARACENSSaracens

AJ Bell Stadium - Sunday 20 November 2016
KO: 13:00 HT: 7-13 Att: tbc

 

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Will Addison 13 Sam James 12 Sam Tuitupou 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Peter Stringer 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 David Seymour 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Brian Mujati 2 Neil Briggs 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Rob Webber 17 James Flynn 18 Halani 'Aulika 19 TJ Ioane 20 Ben Curry 21 Mike Phillips 22 Mark Jennings 23 Tom Arscott

SCORERS T: Beaumont C: MacGinty (2) Yellow Card 'Aulika

SARACENS: 15 Andrew Fenby 14 Mike Ellery 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Jackson Wray 7 Schalk Burger 6 Kelly Brown 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Mike Rhodes 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Richard Barrington BENCH: 16 Scott Spurling 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Joel Conlon 21 Ben Spencer 22 Nick Tompkins 23 Matt Gallagher

SCORERS T: Bosch, Gallagher, Spencer C: Lozowski (2) P: Lozowski (3) Yellow Card Rhodes

Referee: Andrew Jackson

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 25 - 6 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Welford Road - Sunday 20 November 2016
KO: 15:15 HT: 9-6 Att: tbc

 

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Owen Williams 11 Tom Brady 10 Freddie Burns 9 Jono Kitto 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Tom Croft 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 Ed Slater 3 Greg Bateman 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 Marcos Ayerza 18 Pat Cilliers 19 Graham Kitchener 20 Luke Hamilton 21 Sam Harrison 22 Jack Roberts 23 George Worth

SCORERS T: Williams C: Burns P: Burns (5) DG: Burns Yellow Card Fitzgerald

HARLEQUINS: 15 Aaron Morris 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Winston Stanley 11 Alofa Alofa 10 Nick Evans 9 Karl Dickson 8 James Chisholm 7 Dave Ward 6 Luke Wallace 5 JAMES HORWILL (C) 4 Charlie Matthews 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Dan Murphy BENCH: 16 Matt Shields 17 Owen Evans 18 Adam Jones 19 Stan South 20 George Naoupu 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Charlie Walker

SCORERS P: Nick Evans (2) Yellow Card Chisholm

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

top

 

 


Week 7Aviva Premiership Week 7

TOM KESSELL came off the bench to earn Northampton Saints a much-needed Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Gloucester Rugby, in a topsy-turvy encounter at Franklin’s Gardens. The hosts earned themselves a ten-point advantage at the interval, courtesy of Louis Picamoles’ powerful effort and three from the tee from Stephen Myler – the first of which took him past 1500 Aviva Premiership Rugby points. And while two tries for Gloucester’s Jacob Rowan and Charlie Sharples turned the match on its head, up popped scrum-half Kessell to burrow over the whitewash for what proved to be the decisive score from Picamoles’ offload.

JOE MARCHANT’S intercept try brought up the bonus point as Harlequins brushed aside Worcester Warriors in a dominant second half. Worcester were bright for much of the first 40 and went into the break at 7-7 after Jackson Willison had responded to Danny Care’s early opening try. But James Horwill and Mike Brown caught the Warriors cold within the first ten minutes of the second half, and despite a try for a lively Ben Te’o, Marchant killed off the game in the final quarter before Tim Visser finished off proceedings.

SARACENS have enjoyed a great recent run against Leicester Tigers and the champions extended that run with a convincing 24-10 win at Allianz Park. With just one loss all season, Mark McCall’s side are once more positioning themselves as the team to beat in England, and ran in three tries to extend their lead at the top of the table. First-half scores from wing duo Chris Wyles and Sean Maitland allowed them to open up a comfortable 17-3 lead at the break. Billy Vunipola then went over early in the second before brother Mako was sin-binned but Leicester struggled to take advantage initially. However with virtually his first involvement George Catchpole crossed and the rest of the half saw the visitors on the front foot but unable to go over again, and have still not won away to Saracens since 2012.

JIMMY GOPPERTH grabbed a last-gasp try to earn Wasps a bonus point as they saw off the challenge of Newcastle Falcons to remain unbeaten in Aviva Premiership Rugby at the Ricoh Arena this season. Wasps arrived into this game unbeaten in their last six fixtures with the Falcons, and at half-time looked odds on to extend that run as they led 17-3 thanks to a Frank Halai score, a penalty try and the boot of Jimmy Gopperth. And it was a similar story after the interval as despite some Falcons pressure they finished the game with just two Mike Delany penalties to show for their efforts. As for Wasps, they were able to celebrate two second-half scores from ex-Falcon Gopperth – the last coming in the final play to earn them the bonus point win.

SALE SHARKS claimed their first away win of the season, and a bonus point, with a comfortable victory over Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate on Sunday. Paolo Odogwu and Mike Haley both crossed for tries in the first half as Steve Diamond’s side – in their first meeting with Bristol since 2009 – opened up a 12-0 lead at the interval. After the break Byron McGuigan went over while Andy Robinson’s side, who are still waiting for their first win of the campaign, only had two Shane Geraghty penalties to show for their efforts. Bristol have conceded at least four tries in each of their last five fixtures at Ashton Gate and late on the Sharks secured the bonus point when replacement prop Eifion Lewis-Roberts barrelled over. There was still time for young flanker Tom Curry to go over for their fifth try while the home side grabbed a late consolation through David Lemi.

SEMESA ROKODUGUNI broke Exeter Chiefs hearts after his 89th minute try secured a famous 13-10 Bath Rugby win at Sandy Park. Mitch Lees’ score from a powerful Exeter driving maul looked to have rescued victory for Chiefs, but Bath’s powerful scrum ensured piled on the pressure as the game built to a thrilling crescendo and Rokoduguni added the finishing touched. George Ford missed two kickable penalties in the first half, while Gareth Steenson knocked over an easy three points to ensure Rob Baxter’s men had the slenderest of leads at the break. Exeter reverted to their traditional strengths for their only try, but it was not enough as Bath moved clear of Leicester Tigers in third place in the table and only two points behind second-place Wasps.

RESULTS

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON SAINTS 23 - 20 GLOUCESTER Gloucester Rugby

Franklin's Gardens - Friday 28 October 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 13-3 Att: 14,274

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 James Wilson 13 George Pisi 12 Harry Mallinder 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Lee Dickson 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Calum Clark 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Christian Day 4 Michael Paterson 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Dylan Hartley 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Api Ratuniyarawa 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Tom Kessell 22 Rory Hutchinson 23 Ahsee Tuala

SCORERS T: Picamoles, Kessell C: Myler (2) P: Myler (3)

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Jonny May; 10 Billy Twelvetrees 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza; 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa; 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Motu Matu'u 17 Cameron Orr 18 Salesi Ma'afu 19 Joe Latta 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Willi Heinz 22 Billy Burns 23 Henry Purdy

SCORERS T: Rowan, Sharples C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw (2)

Referee: Tom Foley

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 36 - 14 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 29 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 7-7 Att: 13,389

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Winston Stanley 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 James Chisholm 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 Charlie Matthews 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Adam Jones 19 Mat Luamanu 20 Dave Ward 21 Karl Dickson 22 Tim Swiel 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Care, Horwill, Brown, Marchant, Visser C: Evans (3), Swiel P: Evans Yellow Card Marler

WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Chris Pennell 13 Jackson Willison 12 Ben Te'o 11 Dean Hammond 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Alafoti Fa’osiliva 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Niall Annett 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 James Johnston 19 Charlie Hewitt 20 Dewald Potgieter 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Josh Adams 23 Wynand Olivier

SCORERS T: Willison, Te'o C: Shillcock (2)

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

SaracensSARACENS 24 - 10 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Allianz Park - Saturday 29 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-3 Att: 9,734

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Sean Maitland 13 Nick Tompkins 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Owen Farrell 9 Ben Spencer 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Jackson Wray 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Juan Figallo 2 Jamie George 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Richard Barrington 18 Petrus Du Plessis 19 Mark Flanagan 20 Kelly Brown 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Alex Lozowski 23 Marcelo Bosch

SCORERS T: Wyles, Maitland, Billy Vunipola C: Farrell (3) P: Farrell Yellow Card Mako Vunipola

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Jack Roberts 11 JP Pietersen 10 Owen Williams 9 Ben Youngs 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Ed Slater 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Marcos Ayerza BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Logovi'i Mulipola 19 Luke Hamilton 20 Will Evans 21 Sam Harrison 22 Freddie Burns 23 George Catchpole

SCORERS T: Catchpole C: Williams P: Williams

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

 

WaspsWASPS 31 - 6 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 30 October 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 17-3 Att: 15,033

 

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Kyle Eastmond 11 Frank Halai 10 Jimmy Gopperth 9 Joe Simpson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 Alex Rieder 5 Kearnan Myall 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Marty Moore 2 Ashley Johnson 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Tom Cruse 17 Tom Bristow 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Matt Symons 20 James Gaskell 21 Dan Robson 22 Danny Cipriani 23 Alapati Leiua

SCORERS T: PT, Halai, Gopperth (2) C: Gopperth (4) P: Gopperth

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Marcus Watson 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Michael Young 8 Callum Chick 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Ben Sowrey 1 Sam Lockwood BENCH: 16 Scott Lawson 17 Rob Vickers 18 David Wilson 19 Will Witty 20 Ally Hogg 21 Sonatane Takulua 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Fred Burdon

SCORERS P: Delany (2) Yellow Card Hammersley, Welch

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 13 - 31 SALE SHARKSSale Sharks

Ashton Gate - Sunday 30 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 0-12 Att: 14,025

 

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Gavin Henson 11 David Lemi 10 Shane Geraghty 9 Will Cliff 8 JORDAN CRANE (C) 7 Jon Fisher 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Anthony Perenise 2 Chris Brooker 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Rob Hawkins 17 Soane Tonga’uiha 18 Gaston Cortes 19 Ian Evans 20 Giorgi Nemsadze 21 Jack Lam 22 Rhodri Williams 23 Jack Tovey

SCORERS T: Lemi C: Geraghty P: Geraghty (2)

SHARKS: 15 Mike Haley 14 Byron McGuigan 13 Will Addison 12 Johnny Leota 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 Sam James 9 Peter Stringer 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 Magnus Lund 6 Cameron Neild 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Neil Briggs 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Eifion Lewis-Roberts 17 Brian Mujati 18 Jonathan Mills 19 David Seymour 20 Tom Curry 21 Mike Phillips 22 Dan Mugford 23 Mark Jennings

SCORERS T: Odogwu, Haley, McGuigan, Lewis-Roberts, Curry C: McGuigan (2), Mugford Yellow Card Briggs

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Exeter ChiefsEXETER CHIEFS 10 - 13 BATH RUGBYBath Rugby

Sandy Park - Sunday 30 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-0 Att: 12,284

 

CHIEFS: 15 Lachlan Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ian Whitten 12 Henry Slade 11 James Short 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Dave Lewis 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Kai Horstmann 6 Dave Dennis 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Jack Yeandle 1 Moray Low BENCH: 16 Elvis Taione 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Tomas Francis 19 Jonny Hill 20 Ben White 21 Jack Maunder 22 Sam Hill 23 Ollie Devoto

SCORERS T: Lees C: Steenson P: Steenson

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Matt Banahan 11 Aled Brew 10 GEORGE FORD (C) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Charlie Ewels 7 Tom Ellis 6 Matt Garvey(C) 5 Dave Attwood 4 Luke Charteris 3 Henry Thomas 2 Ross Batty 1 Nick Auterac BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Max Lahiff 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Guy Mercer 21 Will Homer 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS T: Rokoduguni C: Ford P: Ford (2)

Referee: Ian Tempest

top

 

 


Week 6Aviva Premiership Week 6

GEORGE FORD was Bath Rugby’s hero from the tee as they battled to a dominant victory over Sale Sharks to move up into second in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table. In a first period of end-to-end action, it was Bath who took the early lead as man of the match Matt Banahan crossed over the whitewash to become the first player in blue, black and white to score 50 Aviva Premiership Rugby tries. Ford ensured Bath would take a comfortable lead into the second-half with an inspired performance from the tee, one that was sure to attract the attention of an on looking Eddie Jones in the crowd. But the Sharks could find no answer in the second half as scores from Kahn Fotuali’i and Kane Palma-Newport put the game out of their reach in front of a record crowd at the Rec, to ensure Bath head into the European break with in fine form.

DAMIEN WELCH’S last-gasp try snatched a dramatic draw for Exeter Chiefs in an enthralling derby with Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park. Chiefs mauled their way over in the left-hand corner to tie the scores at 27-27 and Gareth Steenson failed to add the tricky conversion with the final kick of the match to ensure a share of the spoils. Following a disappointing 15-6 defeat at the hands of Bath Rugby the previous week, Gloucester produced the perfect response with a hard-working, battling performance and will consider themselves unlucky not to have left with a second victory of the campaign. They held a 17-14 lead at the break thanks largely to tries from the in-form Matt Scott and Charlie Sharples as Thomas Waldrom and Ian Whitten crossed for the hosts. That advantage was extended after the interval as Ben Morgan plunged over but Whitten’s second score and a Steenson penalty set up a grandstand finish, before Welch broke Cherry and White hearts.

ALOFA ALOFA grabbed his first Premiership Rugby try for Harlequins but it was an assured second-half kicking performance from replacement Tim Swiel that saw his side over the line against Northampton Saints. Quins led 8-6 at the interval thanks to Alofa’s try and returning fly-half Nick Evans’ penalty, but the first half was far from a vintage display from the tee from the Kiwi and his opposite number Stephen Myler – with the pair missing five kicks between them. And in an attritional second half at Twickenham Stoop, Swiel outscored Myler by four penalties to one to take the final score to 20-9 and move the hosts above Northampton in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

TOM BRADY’S first try for Leicester Tigers and a brilliant individual score from Telusa Veainu paved the way for a dominant bonus-point win against Worcester Warriors at Welford Road. Second-half scores from Logovi'i Mulipola and Graham Kitchener added to Brady and Veainu’s first-half efforts to seal a 34-13 win, while a late Jaba Bregvadze try for Worcester was the only blot on what otherwise was an outstanding Tigers defensive display.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS withheld an immense second-half comeback from Bristol Rugby to grasp their third victory of the campaign following early domination. Juan Pablo Socino’s early try got the Falcons off to a flyer, as they dictated first-half proceedings with Will Welch and Joel Hodgson also crossing the Kingston Park whitewash before the interval. Bristol – who had defeated Newcastle in nine of the last 13 meetings between the sides – struggled to capitalise on their opportunities, missing two penalties in the first period, but woke up from their slumber with two tries in quick succession after the break from Jon Fisher and Mitch Eadie to narrow the gap. A spree of second-half penalties could have put the tie to bed for the Falcons, but they withheld sustained Bristol pressure to claim a victory that could have gone either way in the latter stages.

JAMIE GEORGE climbed off the bench to score a second-half try double that bagged a Saracens 30-14 bonus-point win over Wasps and a return to the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit. Mako Vunipola crossed early on as Saracens flew out of the traps, but Danny Cipriani broke superbly to put Josh Bassett in before Mike Ellery’s late score put Saracens 13-8 ahead at the break. Jimmy Gopperth’s penalty pulled Wasps within two points at 13-11, but Alex Lozowski restored Saracens’ lead before George’s late salvo ended Wasps’ resistance and their unbeaten record. Mark McCall’s side moved two points clear of Wasps – who remain in second – as they prepared to defend their European Rugby Champions Cup trophy the following weekend against Toulon by ending Wasps’ unbeaten start to the season.

RESULTS

Bath Rugby BATH RUGBY 30 - 3 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Recreation Ground - Friday 07 October 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 10-3 Att: 13,913

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Matt Banahan 11 Aled Brew 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Zach Mercer 7 Tom Ellis 6 Matt Garvey (cc) 5 Dave Attwood 4 Elliott Stooke 3 Henry Thomas 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Nick Auterac 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Charlie Ewels 20 Guy Mercer 21 Chris Cook 22 Adam Hastings 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS T: Banahan, Fotuali'i, Palma-Newport C: Ford (3) P: Ford (3)

SHARKS: 15 Byron McGuigan 14 Will Addison 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 David Seymour 6 Cameron Neild 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Brian Mujati 2 Neil Briggs 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts BENCH: 16 Ross Harrison 17 Halani Aulika 18 Andrei Ostrikov 19 Magnus Lund 20 Laurence Pearce 21 James Mitchell 22 Dan Mugford 23 Mike Haley

SCORERS P: Addison Yellow Card Leota

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 27 - 27 GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester Rugby

Sandy Park - Saturday 08 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-17 Att: 11,934

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Henry Slade 12 Sam Hill 11 Ian Whitten 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Julian Salvi 6 Dave Dennis 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Greg Holmes 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Carl Rimmer 18 Harry Williams 19 Damian Welch 20 Kai Horstmann 21 Dave Lewis 22 Ollie Devoto 23 Max Bodilly

SCORERS  T: Waldrom, Whitten (2), Welch C: Steenson (2) P: Steenson

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 David Halaifonua 10 Mark Atkinson 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 Paul Doran-Jones 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Motu Matu'u 17 Yann Thomas 18 Nicky Thomas 19 Joe Latta 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Willi Heinz 22 Ollie Thorley 23 Lewis Ludlow

SCORERS T: Scott, Sharples, Morgan C: Laidlaw (3) P: Twelvetrees, Laidlaw

Referee: Greg Garner

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 20 - 9 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS Northampton Saints

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 08 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-6 Att: 14,800

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Alofa Alofa 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 Karl Dickson 8 James Chisholm 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 JAMES HORWILL (C) 4 George Merrick 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Adam Jones 18 Will Collier 19 Sam Twomey 20 Mat Luamanu 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 Tim Swiel 23 Joe Marchant

SCORERS  T: Alofa P: Evans, Swiel (4)

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Luther Burrell 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Teimana Harrison 7 Calum Clark 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Michael Paterson 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Ethan Waller 18 Paul Hill 19 Sam Dickinson 20 Louis Picamoles 21 Lee Dickson 22 Harry Mallinder 23 Ben Foden

SCORERS P: Myler (3)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 34 - 13 WORCESTER Worcester Warriors

Welford Road - Saturday 08 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 20-0 Att: 20,854

 

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Mathew Tait 11 Tom Brady 10 Owen Williams 9 Jono Kitto 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O’Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Dom Barrow 3 Greg Bateman 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Harry Thacker 17 Marcos Ayerza 18 Logovi’i Mulipola 19 Mike Fitzgerald 20 Will Evans 21 Sam Harrison 22 Jack Roberts 23 Matt Smith

SCORERS T: Brady, Veainu, Mulipola, Kitchener C: Williams (4) P: Williams (2)

WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Dean Hammond 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O’Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Jaba Bregvadze 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Matti Williams 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 James Johnston 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson 20 Matt Cox 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Tom Heathcote 23 Ben Te’o

SCORERS T: Bregvadze C: Lamb P: Lamb (2)

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 19 - 14 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Kingston Park - Saturday 08 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 19-0 Att: 6,134

 

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Alex Tait 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Michael Young 8 Ally Hogg 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 David Wilson 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Alex Rogers 18 Jon Welsh 19 Will Witty 20 Daniel Temm 21 Sonatane Takulua 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Belisario Agulla

SCORERS T: Socino, Welch, Hodgson C: Delany (2) Yellow Card Rogers

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Jack Tovey 12 Will Hurrell 11 David Lemi 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Will Cliff 8 Jordan Crane 7 JACK LAM (C) 6 Mitch Eadie 5 Mark Sorenson 4 Ben Glynn 3 Anthony Perenise 2 Ross McMillan 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Gaston Cortes 19 James Phillips 20 Jon Fisher 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Jack Wallace

SCORERS T: Fisher, Eadie C: Jarvis (2) Yellow Card Cortes

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

SaracensSARACENS 30 - 14 WASPS Wasps

Allianz Park - Sunday 09 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-8 Att: 9,911

 

SARACENS: 15 Sean Maitland 14 Mike Ellery 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Michael Rhodes 5 George Kruis 4 Maro Itoje 3 Juan Figallo 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Titi Lamositele 18 Petrus du Plessis 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Jackson Wray 21 Ben Spencer 22 Nick Tompkins 23 Matt Gallagher

SCORERS T: Mako Vunipola, Ellery, George (2) C: Lozowski, Spencer P: Lozowski

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 JIMMY GOPPERTH (C) 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Thomas Young 6 Ashley Johnson 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Matt Symons 3 Marty Moore 2 Tom Cruse 1 Simon McIntyre BENCH: 16 James Gaskell 17 Matt Mullan 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley 19 Joe Launchbury 20 Alex Rieder 21 Joe Simpson 22 Kyle Eastmond 23 Frank Halai

SCORERS T: Bassett P: Gopperth (3) Yellow Card Bassett

Referee: Matt Carley

top

 

 


Week 5Aviva Premiership Week 5

ALEX LOZOWSKI toasted his first call-up to the England squad with a two-try haul, as Saracens bounced back from last weekend’s defeat with a 39-0 win at Bristol Rugby. Saracens dominated the opening half but could only find their way over the whitewash once through the in-form Lozowski, with Ben Spencer adding a penalty to his conversion to make it 10-0 at the break. But Lozowski went over again early in the second half, and that was a sign of things to come for the rampant visitors as Chris Wyles, Jamie George, and George Kruis all dotted down to ensure Saracens took a bonus-point win back to north London.

HARRY MALLINDER fired Northampton Saints to a 20-19 win over Exeter Chiefs as George North shone and Jim Mallinder’s men sealed a first home Aviva Premiership Rugby win of the season. Rob Baxter watched his men surrender a 13-point lead after Gareth Steenson kicked two penalties and converted Olly Woodburn’s try before Saints came surging back. But George North was once again the rallying point for Saints, stunning Chiefs with a try and a remarkable assist for Rory Hutchinson to steal a half-time 14-13 lead. A tense second-half saw Steenson and Mallinder trade penalties before the youngster snatched victory with two minutes remaining.

SALE SHARKS held on in a thriller to record a third successive victory against Leicester Tigers for the first time in 40 years. Replacement prop Halani Aulika had a mixed bag of a game, but he scored what was to be the winning try before being yellow carded late in the second half to ensure nerves were shredded at the AJ Bell Stadium. Peter Betham scored a try-double for Tigers before the break but Mike Phillips, Johnny Leota and Paolo Odogwu – allied to the cool kicking of Will Addison – saw Sale take a lead into the break. And despite Adam Thompstone’s brilliant solo finish, Sharks had enough left in the tank at the end to get home. Sale, usually such a dominant force at home, were looking to rekindle their form at the AJ Bell having lost three of their last five matches in front of their own fans. And it all went to plan from the outset.

ANTHONY WATSON and Matt Banahan scored second-half tries as Bath Rugby battled to a fourth win of the season away at Gloucester Rugby in the West Country derby. Both sides struggled in the first half and it remained scoreless until James Hook’s penalty just after the half-hour mark gave Gloucester the lead as defences dominated. Greig Laidlaw struggled off the tee as he missed three of four penalties, which allowed Bath to stay close to the hosts and make them pay. Watson’s neat finish gave them the lead for the first time, while Banahan’s effort less than ten minutes from time confirmed victory.

KYLE EASTMOND grabbed his first try for the club as Wasps made it five wins from as many games with a 47-18 victory over Harlequins. Harlequins had inflicted a first defeat of the season over Saracens last time out, but Wasps made sure lightning didn’t strike twice and had the bonus point banked before half-time. And in the final quarter they added a touch of gloss to the scoreline as they finished with seven tries to retain their place at the top of the table.

WYNAND OLIVIER scored the only try in a scrappy affair to give Worcester Warriors their first win of the season at home to Newcastle Falcons. The centre dashed over in the first half following a mistake by winger Sinoti Sinoti – which ultimately proved decisive – as both attacks misfired at Sixways. Tom Heathcote and Ryan Lamb each slotted a penalty for the hosts, while Newcastle kicked three but Worcester’s defence stayed strong in the final minutes. Newcastle pushed forwards in search of a winning score but slip to their third defeat of the season and drop to eighth in the table.

RESULTS

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 0 - 39 SARACENSSaracens

Ashton Gate - Friday 30 September 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 0-10 Att: 11,592

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Jack Tovey 12 Will Hurrell 11 Charlie Amesbury 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Will Cliff 8 Jordan Crane 7 JACK LAM (C) 6 Jon Fisher 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Anthony Perenise 2 Ross McMillan 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Ryan Bevington 18 Gaston Cortes 19 Joe Joyce 20 Mitch Eadie 21 Rhodri Williams 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Jack Wallace

SCORERS Yellow Card Crumpton

SARACENS: 15 Chris Wyles 14 Mike Ellery 13 Nick Tompkins 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Matt Gallagher 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Ben Spencer 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Jackson Wray 5 George Kruis 4 Maro Itoje 3 Petrus De Plessis 2 Jamie George 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Scott Spurling 17 Richard Barrington 18 Juan Figallo 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Michael Rhodes 21 Richard Wigglesworth 22 Marcelo Bosch 23 George Perkins

SCORERS T: Lozowski (2), Wyles, George, Kruis C: Spencer (2), Lozowski (2) P: Spencer (2)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Northampton SaintsNORTHAMPTON 20 - 19 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Franklin's Gardens - Friday 30 September 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 14-13 Att: 13,901

SAINTS: 15 BEN FODEN(C) 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Harry Mallinder 11 George North 10 Rory Hutchinson 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Calum Clark 6 Jamie Gibson 5 Michael Paterson 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Paul Hill 19 Sam Dickinson 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Tom Kessell 22 Sam Olver 23 Ahsee Tuala

SCORERS T: North, Hutchinson C: Mallinder (2) P: Mallinder (2)

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Henry Slade 11 Ian Whitten 10 Gareth Steenson 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Kai Horstmann 6 Dave Dennis 5 Geoff Parling 4 Mitch Lees 3 Greg Holmes 2 JACK YEANDLE(C) 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Harry Williams 19 Damian Welch 20 Ben White 21 Dave Lewis 22 Sam Hill 23 Jack Nowell

SCORERS T: Woodburn C: Steenson P: Steenson (4)

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 34 - 30 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

AJ Bell Stadium - Saturday 01 October 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 24-20 Att: 7,509

 

SHARKS: 15 Byron McGuigan 14 Nev Edwards 13 Will Addison 12 Johnny Leota 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 David Seymour 6 Cameron Neild 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Kieran Longbottom 2 Neil Briggs 1 Ross Harrison BENCH: 16 Eifion Lewis-Roberts 17 Halani Aulika 18 Andrei Ostrikov 19 Laurence Pearce 20 Magnus Lund 21 James Mitchell 22 Dan Mugford 23 Sam Bedlow

SCORERS T: Phillips, Odogwu, Leota, 'Aulika C: Addison (4) P: Addison (2) Yellow Card 'Aulika

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Mathew Tait 11 Tom Brady 10 Owen Williams 9 Ben Youngs8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 ED SLATER (C) 3 Dan Cole 2 George McGuigan 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Tom Youngs 17 Logovi'i Mulipola 18 Greg Bateman 19 Dom Barrow 20 Graham Kitchener 21 Jono Kitto 22 George Worth 23 Matt Smith

SCORERS T: Betham (2), Thompstone C: Owen Williams (3) P: Owen Williams (3)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Gloucester Rugby GLOUCESTER RUGBY 6 - 15 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

Kingsholm - Saturday 01 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-0 Att: 16,115

 

GLOUCESTER: 15 James Hook 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Billy Twelvetrees 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Yann Thomas 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Joe Latta 20 Matt Kvesic 21 Willi Heinz 22 Matt Scott 23 David Halaifonua

SCORERS P: Hook, Laidlaw

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Aled Brew 12 Matt Banahan 11 Anthony Watson 10 GEORGE FORD (CC) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Leroy Houston 7 Tom Ellis 6 MATT GARVEY (CC) 5 Elliott Stooke 4 Charlie Ewels 3 Henry Thomas 2 Tom Dunn 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Ross Batty 17 Nick Auterac 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Dave Attwood 20 Zach Mercer 21 Chris Cook 22 Rory Jennings 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS T: Watson, Banahan C: Ford DG: Ford

Referee: JP Doyle

 

WaspsWASPS 47 - 18 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 02 October 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 26-18 Att: 16,004

 

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 Sam Jones 5 Kearnan Myall 4 Matt Symons 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Ashley Johnson 1 MATT MULLAN (C) BENCH: 16 Tommy Taylor 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 James Gaskell 20 Thomas Young 21 Joe Simpson 22 Kyle Eastmond 23 Frank Halai

SCORERS T: Johnson, Thompson, Robson, Daly, Wade, Eastmond, Bassett C: Gopperth (6)

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Alofa Alofa 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Tim Swiel 9 Karl Dickson 8 James Chisholm 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 JAMES HORWILL (C) 4 George Merrick 3 Will Collier 2 Joe Gray 1 Mark Lambert BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Joe Marler 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Sam Twomey 20 George Naoupu 21 Charlie Mulchrone 22 James Lang 23 Winston Stanley

SCORERS T: Roberts, Chisholm C: Swiel P: Swiel (2)

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 11 - 9 NEWCASTLE Newcastle Falcons

Sixways - Sunday 02 October 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-3 Att: 6,375

 

WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Tom Heathcote 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O’Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Niall Annett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 James Johnston 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson 20 Matt Cox 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Ryan Lamb 23 Josh Adams

SCORERS T: Olivier P: Heathcote, Lamb

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Alex Tait 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Ally Hogg 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Alex Rogers 18 David Wilson 19 Will Witty 20 Daniel Temm 21 Michael Young 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Belisario Agulla

SCORERS P: Delany (2), Hodgson

Referee: Tom Foley

top

 

 


Week 4Aviva Premiership Week 4

TRY doubles from Olly Woodburn and Thomas Waldrom gave Exeter Chiefs a 41-17 bonus-point victory over Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate. Heading into the game with just one win from three matches, Chiefs went into top gear against Bristol as Woodburn touched down twice, as did Waldrom, Sam Hill adding a fifth try. Jordan Williams, Ross McMillan and Max Crumpton added consolation efforts for the home side, who fell just short of a bonus point of their own.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS delivered an all-round performance to record their first away win in Aviva Premiership Rugby since October 2014, as they beat Gloucester Rugby 18-13 at Kingsholm. Dominic Waldouck and Ross Moriarty exchanged early tries before Billy Burns and Mike Delany swapped penalties to send the teams in level at half time. But Alex Tait’s second-half try and a Delany penalty was enough for Newcastle to seal just their third win at Kingsholm in Aviva Premiership history.

SARACENS unbeaten start to the season was brought to a halt by a brilliant first-half display from Harlequins as they claimed a 17-10 win at the Stoop. The defending Premiership champions had won their last 13 games in all competitions, but found themselves 17 points down by half-time following tries for wing duo Tim Visser and Charlie Walker. Richard Wigglesworth crossed early in the second half for Saracens as they mounted a fightback of sorts but just as they did a year ago, Quins handed the champions a first loss of the season.

WORCESTER WARRIORS recorded their second draw of the year as they and Sale Sharks shared nine tries and both scored try bonus points in a 34-34 thriller at Sixways. Full-back Jamie Shillcock scored his first two Premiership tries for the Warriors while Will Addison got a try double for the visitors in the first half. Jonny Arr, Perry Humphreys and Wynand Olivier also scored tries for the hosts, who saw Ryan Lamb pass 1000 Aviva Premiership Rugby points with three conversions and a penalty. But late second half scores from forwards Neil Briggs and Halani Aulika saw the Sharks recover from 31-17 down to take a share of the spoils.

JOSH BASSETT’S late try sealed Wasps’ 20-15 triumph at Franklin’s Gardens, but in truth they were made to make very hard for their win by Northampton Saints. Despite dominating in terms of territory, the hosts found themselves down at half-time after man-of-the-match Jimmy Gopperth’s superb breakaway score and penalty cancelled out George North’s early try. And despite countless opportunities, another Gopperth penalty and Bassett’s effort on 79 minutes meant Tom Kessell’s sniping try was no more than a consolation.

BATH’S unbeaten start to the season came to an end as Owen Williams kicked 17 points at Welford Road to give Leicester Tigers a 34-14 victory. Brendon O’Connor crossed for Tigers’ first try in the first half before second-half scores from Tom Youngs and Ed Slater demonstrated the hosts’ return to a strong and physical forward display. Semesa Rokoduguni and Tom Dunn got tries in either half for Bath who suffered their worst away defeat in Aviva Premiership Rugby since December 2012.

RESULTS

Bristol RugbyBRISTOL RUGBY 17 - 41 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Ashton Gate - Friday 23 September 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 5-24 Att: 15,065

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Thretton Palamo 11 Tom Varndell 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Will Cliff 8 Jordan Crane 7 JACK LAM (C) 6 Jon Fisher 5 Mark Sorenson 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Ross McMillan 1 Kyle Traynor BENCH: 16 Max Crumpton 17 Soane Tonga’uiha 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson 19 Joe Joyce 20 Mitch Eadie 21 Martin Roberts 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Charlie Amesbury

SCORERS T: Williams, McMillan, Crumpton C: Williams

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Henry Slade 12 Sam Hill 11 Ian Whitten 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Julian Salvi 6 Dave Dennis 5 Damian Welch 4 Mitch Lees 3 Greg Holmes 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Alec Hepburn BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Ben Moon 18 Harry Williams 19 Geoff Parling 20 Kai Horstmann 21 Dave Lewis 22 Ollie Devoto 23 James Short

SCORERS T: Woodburn (2), Waldrom (2), Hill C: Steenson (5) P: Steenson (2) Yellow Card Whitten

Referee: Tom Foley

 

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER 13 - 18 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Kingsholm - Saturday 24 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-10 Att: 12,050

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 WILLI HEINZ(C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Jacob Rowan 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Paddy McAllister BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Yann Thomas 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Joe Latta 20 Gareth Evans 21 Greig Laidlaw 22 James Hook 23 Billy Twelvetrees

SCORERS T: Moriarty C: Burns P: Burns, Laidlaw

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Alex Tait 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Ally Hogg 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Rob Vickers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Alex Rogers 18 Paddy Ryan 19 Will Witty 20 Daniel Temm 21 Michael Young 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Belisario Agulla

SCORERS T: Waldouck, Tait C: Delany P: Delany (2)

Referee: Dean Richards

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 17 - 10 SARACENSSaracens

Twickenham Stoop - Saturday 24 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 17-0 Att: 14,800

HARLEQUINS: 15 Mike Brown 14 Charlie Walker 13 Matt Hopper 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Tim Swiel 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 James Chisholm 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 George Merrick 3 Will Collier 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Joe Gray 17 Mark Lambert 18 Kyle Sinckler 19 Sam Twomey 20 Dave Ward 21 Karl Dickson 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Visser, Walker C: Swiel (2) P: Swiel Yellow Card Horwill

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Mike Ellery 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Jackson Wray 6 Michael Rhodes 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Maro Itoje 3 Petrus Du Plessis 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Richard Barrington 18 Juan Figallo 19 Kelly Brown 20 Scott Spurling 21 Ben Spencer 22 Nick Tompkins 23 Matt Gallagher

SCORERS T: Wigglesworth C: Lozowski P: Spencer

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Northampton Saints NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 15 - 20 WASPSWasps

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 24 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 5-10 Att: 14,477

 

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Harry Mallinder 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Nic Groom 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Jamie Gibson 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Sam Dickinson 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH:16 Charlie Clare 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Paul Hill 19 Michael Paterson 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Tom Kessell 22 Rory Hutchinson 23 Ahsee Tuala

SCORERS T: North, Kessell C: Myler P: Myler Yellow Card Ken Pisi

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 Sam Jones 5 JAMES GASKELL (C) 4 Matt Symons 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Thomas Young 21 Dan Robson 22 Kyle Eastmond 23 Nick De Luca

SCORERS T: Gopperth, Bassett C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2) Yellow Card Hughes

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 34 - 34 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Sixways - Saturday 24 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 19-17 Att: 6,136

 

WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Perry Humphreys 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O’Callaghan 3 Nick Schonert 2 Niall Annett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 James Johnston 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson 20 Tevita Cavubati 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Josh Adams 23 Max Stelling

SCORERS T: Shillcock (2), Arr, Humphreys, Olivier C: Lamb (3) P: Lamb

SHARKS: 15 Byron McGuigan 14 Nev Edwards 13 Will Addison 12 Johnny Leota 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Peter Stringer 8 JOSH BEAUMONT(C) 7 David Seymour 6 Cameron Neild 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Kieran Longbottom 2 Neil Briggs 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts BENCH: 16 Ross Harrison 17 Halani Aulika 18 Andrei Ostrikov 19 Laurence Pearce 20 Magnus Lund 21 Mike Phillips 22 Dan Mugford 23 Nick Scott

SCORERS T: Addison (2), Briggs, 'Aulika C: MacGinty (4) P: MacGinty (2) Yellow Card McGuigan

Referee: JP Doyle

 

Leicester TigersLEICESTER TIGERS 34 - 14 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

Welford Road - Sunday 25 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 14-7 Att: 20,134

 

TIGERS: 15 Telusa Veainu 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Mathew Tait 11 JP Pietersen 10 Owen Williams 9 Ben Youngs 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Mike Fitzgerald 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Marcos Ayerza BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Greg Bateman 19 Ed Slater 20 Will Evans 21 Sam Harrison 22 Freddie Burns 23 Jack Roberts

SCORERS T: O'Connor, Tom Youngs, Slater C: Owen Williams, Burns P: Owen Williams (5)

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Matt Banahan 12 Dan Bowden 11 Anthony Watson 10 GEORGE FORD (C) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Leroy Houston 7 Tom Ellis 6 Matt Garvey 5 Dave Attwood 4 Charlie Ewels 3 Henry Thomas 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Beno Obano 18 Max Lahiff 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Zach Mercer 21 Will Homer 22 Aled Brew 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS T: Rokoduguni, Dunn C: Ford (2)

Referee: Matthew Carley

top

 

 


Week 3Aviva Premiership Week 3

FIRST-HALF tries from John Afoa and Charlie Sharples and the flawless kicking of Greig Laidlaw helped Gloucester Rugby secure their first win of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season at Sale Sharks. The Sharks had already claimed the scalp of Harlequins at their fortress of the AJ Bell Stadium this season but despite Sam James and Cameron Neild scores they were always behind against the Cherry & Whites. Afoa went over early after fine work from Billy Burns and while James summoned an immediate response, Sharples’ score just before the interval proved to be something of a killer blow. And the nerveless kicking of Laidlaw in the second half then kept the Sharks at bay despite Neild’s effort from a rolling maul. This was the first competitive win for David Humphreys’ side since April and after a narrow loss to Leicester Tigers and a draw with Worcester Warriors – these four points will bring much confidence.

BATH RUGBY scored four tries as they launched a stunning second-half comeback at the Rec to beat Worcester Warriors 37-22 and make it three wins out of three in the Premiership. Worcester’s wait for a win at the Rec, their last came in November 2011, continues despite them leading 17-6 at half-time after tries from Niall Annett and Dean Hammond. But four Bath tries in the second half from Anthony Watson, Matt Banahan, Semesa Rokoduguni and Leroy Houston saw the hosts continue their strong start to the new season. Perry Humphreys did score Worcester’s third try in the midst of the Bath blitz but it was not enough to earn a losing bonus point.

LUKE COWAN-DICKIE rumbled over for a hat-trick of tries as Exeter Chiefs returned to form after fighting off a late comeback attempt by Harlequins. The Chiefs had lost both their opening two games – to Saracens and Wasps – but the result was rarely in doubt after Cowan-Dickie and Lachie Turner notched try-doubles in a first half that gave Sandy Park plenty to cheer about. Rob Buchanan had hit back for Harlequins before the break, while Tim Swiel also hit two penalties, but upon Cowan-Dickie’s third in the 48th minute it looked game over. However, the visitors replied through tries from Danny Care and Charlie Walker, and the Chiefs had to see the game out with 14 men after Tomas Francis was sent off with a red card for foul play in the ruck in the closing stages.

SARACENS were pushed hard but showed their class in the last 20 minutes as a Jamie George try inspired them to a 27-12 win over Northampton Saints at Allianz Park. The first half was level pegging with three penalties apiece for Stephen Myler and Alex Lozowski before the Saints fly-half put the visitors back in front just after the break. But George’s try seconds after Alex Waller’s yellow card turned the tide, and they added a penalty try while Waller was still in the bin to make it a two-score game. From there Northampton could not find a way back, despite having the wind at their backs in the second half, as Saracens made it three from three in the league. The last three games between the sides had been won by the visiting team, and for much of this one it looked like Saints might extend that run. But Saracens are not champions for nothing, and their ability to turn it on in the final 20 minutes laid down a marker to the rest of the league.

WASPS missed out on making Premiership history by a solitary point after scoring ten tries in an unforgettable 70-22 victory over Bristol Rugby. Dai Young’s men produced an attacking masterclass as their exciting backline and impressive pack grabbed five tries in each half at the Ricoh Arena. Elliot Daly, Christian Wade and Ashley Johnson all grabbed braces, and there were also tries for Tommy Taylor, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Matt Symons and Danny Cipriani as the Black and Golds just missed out on breaking their own record points total, which was set two years ago when they beat London Welsh 71-7. For Bristol, all three of their tries came in the second period through Jack Lam, Mitch Eadie and Gaston Cortes as they continue their search for a first Premiership Rugby win since their return.

JOEL HODGSON missed a last-minute drop-goal as Leicester Tigers escaped Kingston Park with a one-point victory against Newcastle Falcons to move into the top four of the Aviva Premiership. Hodgson had a shot to win the game for the hosts with the last kick in the 85th minute but skewed his effort wide of the posts from close range. Newcastle had an early 10-point lead after Juan Pablo Socino’s try, but Leicester hit back through Mike Fitzgerald. And Freddie Burns kicked three penalties to win it for the Tigers, who bounce back after last week’s loss against Wasps.

RESULTS

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 13 - 26 GLOUCESTER RUGBY Gloucester Rugby

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 16 September 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 8-17 Att: 5,902

SHARKS: 15 Byron McGuigan 14 Will Addison. 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 Dan Mugford 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 David Seymour 6 Cameron Neild 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Neil Briggs 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts BENCH: 16 Ross Harrison 17 Kieran Longbottom 18 Andrei Ostrikov 19 Magnus Lund 20 Laurence Pearce 21 Peter Stringer 22 Nev Edwards 23 Sam Bedlow

SCORERS T: James, Neild P: Addison

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Mark Atkinson 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic 6 Lewis Ludlow 5 Joe Latta 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Yann Thomas BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Cameron Orr 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Gareth Evans 20 Jacob Rowan 21 Willi Heinz 22 James Hook 23 Billy Twelvetrees

SCORERS T: Afoa, Sharples C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw (4)

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Bath RugbyBATH RUGBY 37 - 22 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Recreation Ground - Saturday 17 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 33-17 Att: 13,184

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Matt Banahan 12 Dan Bowden 11 Anthony Watson 10 GEORGE FORD (C) 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Leroy Houston 7 David Sisi 6 Charlie Ewels 5 Dave Attwood 4 Luke Charteris 3 Henry Thomas 2 Ross Batty 1 Nick Auterac BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Nathan Catt 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Zach Mercer 21 Will Homer 22 Aled Brew 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS T: Watson, Banahan, Rokoduguni, Houston C: Ford (4) P: Ford (3)

WARRIORS: 15 Jamie Shillcock 14 Dean Hammond 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Jackson Willison 11 Perry Humphreys 10 Tom Heathcote 9 Jonny Arr 8 PHIL DOWSON (C) 7 Carl Kirwan 6 Marco Mama 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 3 James Johnston 2 Niall Annett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na'ama Leleimalefaga 18 Mike Daniels 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson 20 Tevita Cavubati 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Tiff Eden 23 Josh Adams

SCORERS T: Annett, Hammond, Humphreys C: Heathcote (2) P: Heathcote

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 36 - 25 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

Sandy Park - Saturday 17 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 29-13 Att: 9,391

CHIEFS: 15 Lachie Turner 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Henry Slade 11 Ian Whitten 10 GARETH STEENSON (C) 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Julian Salvi 6 Don Armand 5 Geoff Parling 4 Damian Welch 3 Greg Holmes 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Tomas Francis 19 Ollie Atkins 20 Dave Dennis 21 Dave Lewis 22 Sam Hill 23 James Short

SCORERS T: Turner (2), Cowan-Dickie (3) C: Steenson (4) P: Steenson Red Card Francis

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Winston Stanley 11 Charlie Walker 10 Tim Swiel 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 Sam Twomey 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Mark Lambert 18 Will Collier 19 George Merrick 20 James Chisholm 21 Karl Dickson 22 James Lang 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Buchanan, Care, Walker C: Swiel (2) P: Swiel (2)

Referee: Matt Carley

 

SaracensSARACENS 27 - 12 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS Northampton Saints

Allianz Park - Saturday 17 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 9-9 Att: 9,455

 

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Chris Wyles 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Michael Rhodes 5 Jim Hamilton 4 Maro Itoje 3 Petrus Du Plessis 2 Schalk Brits 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Jamie George 17 Richard Barrington 18 Juan Figallo 19 Kelly Brown 20 Jackson Wray 21 Ben Spencer 22 Duncan Taylor 23 Sean Maitland

SCORERS T: George, PT C: Lozowski P: Lozowski (5)

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Luther Burrell 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Lee Dickson 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Teimana Harrison 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Michael Paterson 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Mikey Haywood 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Paul Hill 19 Sam Dickinson 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Nic Groom 22 Harry Mallinder 23 Ben Foden

SCORERS P: Myler (4) Yellow Card Waller, Dickinson

Referee: Greg Garner

 

WaspsWASPS 70 - 22 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 18 September 2016
KO: 14:30 HT: 37-8 Att: 12,280

 

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Frank Halai 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Guy Thompson 7 Thomas Young 6 Alex Rieder 5 JAMES GASKELL (C) 4 Matt Symons 3 Jake Cooper-Woolley 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Simon McIntyre BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Matt Mullan 18 Phil Swainston 19 Kearnan Myall 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Craig Hampson 22 Kyle Eastmond 23 Josh Bassett

SCORERS T: Taylor, Daly (2), Cooper-Woolley, Symons, Wade (2), Johnson (2), Cipriani C: Gopperth (7) P: Gopperth (2)

BRISTOL: 15 Jordan Williams 14 Ryan Edwards 13 William Hurrell 12 Thretton Palamo 11 Tom Varndell 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Will Cliff 8 Mitch Eadie 7 Olly Robinson 6 JACK LAM(C) 5 Joe Joyce 4 Ian Evans 3 Anthony Perenise 2 Ross McMillan 1 Ryan Bevington
BENCH: 16 Chris Brooker 17 Soane Tonga’uiha 18 Gaston Cortes 19 James Phillips 20 Jordan Crane 21 Martin Roberts 22 Adrian Jarvis 23 Ben Mosses

SCORERS T: Lam, Eadie, Cortes C: Pisi, Jarvis P: Pisi

Referee: Tim Wigglesworth

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE 13 - 14 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Kingston Park - Sunday 18 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 10-8 Att: 6,570

 

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Dominic Waldouck 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Ally Hogg 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Mark Wilson 5 Evan Olmstead 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Sam Lockwood BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Rob Vickers 18 Paddy Ryan 19 Will Witty 20 Dan Temm 21 Michael Young 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Belisario Agulla

SCORERS T: Socino C: Delany P: Delany, Hodgson

TIGERS: 15 MATHEW TAIT (C) 14 Telusa Veainu 13 Peter Betham 12 Owen Williams 11 JP Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Ben Youngs 8 Luke Hamilton 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Mike Williams 5 Graham Kitchener 4 Mike Fitzgerald 3 Dan Cole 2 George McGuigan 1 Ellis Genge BENCH: 16 Tom Youngs 17 Logovi'i Mulipola 18 Greg Bateman 19 Ed Slater 20 Will Evans 21 Jono Kitto 22 Jack Roberts 23 Adam Thompstone

SCORERS T: Fitzgerald P: Burns (3) Yellow Card Betham

Referee: JP Doyle

top

 

 


Week 2Aviva Premiership Week 2 Table

GREIG LAIDLAW’S late pressure kick helped Gloucester Rugby produce a stirring comeback and snatch a 23-23 draw at Sixways in the M5 derby with Worcester Warriors. Worcester looked set to claim a first victory of the season but Laidlaw’s flawless kicking performance combined with late scores from Henry Purdy and Matt Scott turned the game in Gloucester’s favour. David Humphreys’ men piled the pressure on in the final minutes of the game and were camped on Worcester’s try line but they were unable to force their way over to claim a first win of the season. Ryan Lamb kicked five points and was also instrumental in a score for Cooper Vuna as Worcester bounced back from the previous week’s heavy defeat by defending champions Saracens at Twickenham. Worcester new recruit Ben Te’o was also impressive for the Warriors before being replaced at the break, with a barnstorming display that produced a first-half score, while Perry Humphreys added a fantastic solo third score despite being a man down for the final half hour following Alafoti Fa'osiliva’s dubious red card from referee Luke Pearce.

DAN MUGFORD was the hero for Sale Sharks as he kicked 14 points on his home Aviva Premiership Rugby debut to seal a 19-10 victory over Harlequins. It was Sale’s first win of the Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and continues their formidable record at the AJ Bell Stadium, while John Kingston fell to his first league defeat at the Quins helm. Mugford had missed a match-winning penalty in a loss to Newcastle Falcons last Friday, but there was no erring from the tee this time around as he knocked over four penalties and converted David Seymour’s try. Former England captain Chris Robshaw did score a first Harlequins try in over two years, with Nick Evans kicking the conversion and a penalty, but Kingston’s men struggled to get out of second gear in a fragmented game, peppered by a string of disciplinary cards including three yellows and a red.

BATH RUGBY produced a ruthless display against Newcastle Falcons, running in eight tries for a 58-5 win that ensured director of rugby Todd Blackadder’s first Aviva Premiership Rugby fixture at the Rec will be one to remember. Semesa Rokoduguni and Dave Attwood both scored twice, while a penalty try and further scores from Kane Palma-Newport, Matt Banahan and Elliott Stooke completed the rout. Ally Hogg scored Newcastle’s only points of the afternoon, crossing three minutes from time in what was a forgettable display from the visitors, and not a patch on the opening week's winning performance against the Sharks.

WASPS resisted a second magnificent Leicester Tigers comeback in two weeks to win 34-22 and secure their first win at Welford Road since September 2008. Dai Young’s side looked to have the game won when they led 27-8 after 47 minutes thanks to tries from Christian Wade, Guy Thompson and Sam Jones, as well as Jimmy Gopperth’s boot, but the Tigers stirred again. Lachlan McCaffrey had gone over in the first half, and Ed Slater finished off a sumptuous team try before Freddie Burns knocked over three penalties to bring Wasps to 27-22 with just under 15 minutes left. However, with Ellis Genge and Peter Betham both banished to the bin in the dying stages, Gopperth capitalised on the visitors being two-men up to go over at the end to seal the victory.

THE return of Premiership rugby to Ashton Gate ended in defeat for Bristol Rugby as they were beaten 32-10 by Northampton Saints on Sunday. Ross McMillan crossed for Bristol's only try of the afternoon early in the second-half, but first half scores from Ken Pisi, Louis Picamoles and George North sealed the homeside’s fate in the first 40 minutes. Mikey Haywood added a final flourish to claim the bonus point for the visitors and sealed victory. Andy Robinson’s men struggled with discipline as the Saints ran in four tries to secure the bonus point through George North, Louis Picamoles, Ken Pisi and Mike Haywood. It was the penalty count that cost Bristol against Harlequins in week one during the London Double Header and it was more of the same this week against Northampton.

DEFENDING champions Saracens continued their 100 percent start to the new season as Alex Lozowski inspired his side to a hard-fought 34-13 bonus-point win over Exeter Chiefs at Sixways. All of the talk at Saracens this week had been about the fitness of England fly-half Owen Farrell ahead of the autumn internationals, but in his absence, stand-in Lozowski was sparkling for his new club. After playing the chief role of architect of victory over Worcester in Saracens’ opener at the London Double Header last weekend, Lozowski was up to his old tricks again in the West Country. The two clubs met three times last season – including the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final itself in May – and on each occasion it was Mark McCall’s Saracens that triumphed. It was more of the same for Saracens against Exeter as five tries from Lozowski, a double from Sean Maitland, Jackson Wray and Ben Spencer sealed the win for McCall’s men, while the homeside could only muster a solitary try from Luke Cowan-Dickie late in the match to add to the two first half penalties from Henry Slade.

RESULTS

Worcester WarriorsWORCESTER WARRIORS 23 - 23 GLOUCESTER Gloucester Rugby

Sixways - Friday 09 September 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 15-6 Att: 8,905

WARRIORS: 15 Jackson Willison 14 Dean Hammond 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Ben Te’o 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Jonny Arr 8 GJ VAN VELZE (C) 7 Marco Mama 6 Alafoti Fa'osiliva 5 Darren Barry 4 Donncha O'Callaghan 3 James Johnston 2 Niall Annett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 Mike Daniels 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson 20 Carl Kirwan 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Tom Heathcote 23 Perry Humphreys

SCORERS T: Te'o, Vuna, Humphreys C: Lamb P: Lamb, Heathcote RC Fa'osiliva

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Yann Thomas BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Cameron Orr 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Joe Latta 20 Jacob Rowan 21 Willi Heinz 22 James Hook 23 Mark Atkinson

SCORERS T: Scott, Purdy C: Laidlaw (2) P: Laidlaw (3)

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

Sale Sharks SALE SHARKS 19 - 10 HARLEQUINSHarlequins

AJ Bell Stadium - Friday 09 September 2016
KO: 20:15 HT: 9-7 Att: 6,217

SHARKS: 15 Byron McGuigan 14 Will Addison 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Paolo Odogwu 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 7 David Seymour 6 TJ Ioane 5 Jonathan Mills 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Neil Briggs 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts BENCH: 16 Cameron Neild 17 Ross Harrison 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Andrei Ostrikov 20 Laurence Pearce 21 James Mitchell 22 Dan Mugford 23 Nev Edwards

SCORERS T: Seymour C: Mugford P: Mugford (4) Yellow Card Mills

HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 Sam Twomey 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Will Collier 19 James Chisholm 20 Mat Luamanu 21 Karl Dickson 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Winston Stanley

SCORERS T: Robshaw C: Nick Evans P: Nick Evans Yellow Card Owen Evans Sinckler Red Card Luamanu

Referee: Thomas Foley

 

Bath RugbyBATH RUGBY 58 - 5 NEWCASTLE FALCONSNewcastle Falcons

Recreation Ground - Saturday 10 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 32-0 Att: 9,954

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Max Clark 11 Matt Banahan 10 GEORGE FORD (C) 9 Kahn Fotuali'i 8 Zach Mercer 7 David Sisi 6 Charlie Ewels 5 Dave Attwood 4 Luke Charteris 3 Kane Palma-Newport 2 Ross Batty 1 Nick Auterac BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Beno Obano 18 Max Lahiff 19 Elliott Stooke 20 Levi Douglas 21 Chris Cook 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS T: PT, Banahan, Rokoduguni (2), Palma-Newport, Attwood (2), Stooke C: Ford (6) P: Ford DG: Ford

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Mark Wilson 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Evan Olmstead 5 Will Witty 4 Calum Green 3 Jon Welsh 2 Scott Lawson 1 Alex Rogers BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Sam Lockwood 18 Paddy Ryan 19 Sean Robinson 20 Ally Hogg 21 Michael Young 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Dominic Waldouck

SCORERS T: Hogg Yellow Card Goneva

Referee: Ian Tempest

 

Leicester Tigers LEICESTER TIGERS 22 - 34 WASPS Wasps

Welford Road - Saturday 10 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-13 Att: 24,088

 

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Matt Smith 11 JP Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Sam Harrison 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Luke Hamilton 5 Mike Fitzgerald 4 Ed Slater 3 Dan Cole 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Marcos Ayerza BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Greg Bateman 19 Graham Kitchener 20 Mike Williams 21 Ben Youngs 22 Owen Williams 23 Jack Roberts

SCORERS T: McCaffrey, Slater P: Burns (4) Yellow Card Genge, Betham

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Joe Simpson 8 Guy Thompson 7 Thomas Young 6 Sam Jones 5 Matt Symons 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Marty Moore 2 Tommy Taylor Simon McIntyre BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Matt Mullan 18 Jake–Cooper Woolley 19 James Gaskell 20 Nathan Hughes 21 Craig Hampson 22 Brendan Macken 23 Frank Halai

SCORERS T: Wade, Thompson, Jones, Gopperth C: Gopperth (4) P: Gopperth (2) Yellow Card Thompson

Referee: Greg Garner

 

Bristol Rugby BRISTOL 10 - 32 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS Northampton Saints

Ashton Gate - Sunday 11 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 3-25 Att: 11,322

 

BRISTOL: 15 Jack Wallace 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Ben Mosses 11 Tom Varndell 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Will Cliff 8 Jordan Crane 7 JACK LAM (C) 6 Jon Fisher 5 Ben Glynn 4 Ian Evans 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Ross McMillan 1 Soane Tonga’uiha BENCH: 16 Chris Brooker 17 Kyle Traynor 18 Anthony Perenise 19 James Phillips 20 Olly Robinson 21 Mitch Eadie 22 Rhodri Williams 23 Adrian Jarvis

SCORERS T: McMillan C: Tusi Pisi P: Tusi Pisi

SAINTS: 15 Ahsee Tuala 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Luther Burrell 11 George North 10 Stephen Myler 9 Lee Dickson 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Teimana Harrison 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Michael Paterson 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Dylan Hartley 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Mikey Haywood 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Paul Hill 19 Sam Dickinson 20 Jamie Gibson 21 Nic Groom 22 Harry Mallinder 23 Ben Foden

SCORERS T: North, Picamoles, Ken Pisi, Haywood C: Myler (2), Mallinder P: Myler (2)

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

 

Exeter Chiefs EXETER CHIEFS 13 - 34 SARACENSSaracens

Sandy Park - Sunday 11 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 6-12 Att: 10,322

 

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Lachie Turner 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Sam Hill 11 Ian Whitten 10 Henry Slade 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Julian Salvi 6 Don Armand 5 Damian Welch 4 GEOFF PARLING (C) 3 Greg Holmes 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Harry Williams 19 Mitch Lees 20 Dave Dennis 21 Dave Lewis 22 Gareth Steenson 23 Max Bodilly

SCORERS T: Cowan-Dickie C: Steenson P: Slade (2)

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Jackson Wray 5 George Kruis 4 Maro Itoje 3 Petrus Du Plessis 2 Jamie George 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Richard Barrington 18 Juan Figallo 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Michael Rhodes 21 Ben Spencer 22 Duncan Taylor 23 Mike Ellery

SCORERS T: Lozowski, Maitland (2), Wray, Spencer C: Goode (3) P: Goode Yellow Card Wigglesworth

Referee: JP Doyle

top

 

 


Week 1Aviva Premiership Week 1

SAM HARRISON’S last-gasp try completed an astonishing comeback as Leicester Tigers overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Gloucester Rugby 38-31 in a breathless Aviva Premiership Rugby contest at Kingsholm. Scottish international Matt Scott went over twice during his first half in the Cherry & Whites’ jersey to give the hosts an imposing 24-7 lead, with Charlie Sharples also scoring from an interception, and Manu Tuilagi providing the Tigers’ only response. The game looked up for Tigers when Henry Purdy charged through soon after the break, but four second half-tries still were to come with JP Pietersen and Brendon O’Connor going over, and Harrison completing a try-double as the clock ticked into the red. And to top off a wonderful match, Aviva Premiership Rugby history was made as the Burns brothers, Freddie and Billy, became the first pair of siblings to face each other as starting No.10s.

SALE SHARKS’ Dan Mugford could not make it two stunning Premiership Rugby turnarounds in one evening, as the replacement No.10’s last-gasp penalty sailed wide of the mark to hand Newcastle Falcons an opening 19-17 win. After Leicester Tigers had overhauled a 24-point deficit to win at Gloucester Rugby, Sale looked to have done the same with second-half scores from Johnny Leota and Byron McGuigan giving them a chance to win the game. Sinoti Sinoti had scored the only try of the first half for Newcastle, and Mike Delany’s heroics from the tee ultimately proved enough as he slotted 14 points for the hosts.

SCHALK BURGER scored on his Aviva Premiership Rugby debut as reigning champions Saracens blew Worcester Warriors away with a second-half blitz to secure a bonus-point win at the London Double Header. Carl Hogg’s side defended admirably in the first-half and new Saracens fly-half Alex Lozowski missed two kicks on goal as the two sides went in at the break finely-poised at 6-3. But Mark McCall clearly had strong words at half-time as Saracens looked every inch the defending champions when they emerged for the second-half, Lozowski knocking over a penalty almost immediately before Jamie George scored from a driving maul. Burger traded passes with countryman Schalk Brits then capitalised on superb play from Billy and Mako Vunipola before powering over, and Ben Spencer then lit up Twickenham with a super individual score in the dying moments.

TODD BLACKADDER celebrated a dream start to life in Premiership Rugby, although he was made to sweat in the closing stages as his Bath Rugby side beat Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens. England fly-half George Ford was exceptional from the tee, the Bath No.10 slotting a penalty and a drop goal for a 6-0 half-time lead. Ford took the lead out to 18 points with ten minutes remaining after three more flawless penalties and a drop goal, but the hosts did not go down without a fight as two late Nic Groom scores brought the Saints roaring back. But Bath deservedly hung on to take the spoils and win at Franklin’s Gardens for the first time in 16 years.

NICK EVANS was bizarrely awarded man-of-the-match with his performance which helped Harlequins recover from 14-3 down to beat Bristol Rugby on their return to the Premiership at the London Double Header. Tom Varndell had opened the scoring for Bristol with a superb interception for his 86th Aviva Premiership Rugby try and though Evans pegged them back with a penalty, Tusi Pisi broke away for the visitors’ second converted try. Harlequins fought back, Marland Yarde scoring from a driving maul before youngster Joe Marchant danced through three tackles to go under the posts for a converted try just before the break. The dubious refereeing from Luke Pearce did not help Bristol’s cause as they outplayed Quins for most of the match; Ryan Edwards struck just after half-time, but Evans kicked two more penalties to seal John Kingston’s first win as director of rugby in front of 47,029 fans at Twickenham.

TOMMY TAYLOR’S first Aviva Premiership Rugby try and a man-of-the-match performance for Wasps helped Dai Young’s men to a thrilling 25-20 victory over Exeter Chiefs. It was Exeter who looked in control from the off, keeping Wasps at bay with Henry Slade’s boot and tries from Thomas Waldrom and Will Chudley, leaving the homeside 8-17 down at half time. But after Jimmy Gopperth’s superb first-half finish, Wasps’ outstanding scrum-half Dan Robson raced over and Taylor was on hand to finish off a driving-maul that effectively sealed the victory.

RESULTS

Gloucester RugbyGLOUCESTER 31 - 38 LEICESTER TIGERSLeicester Tigers

Kingsholm - Friday 02 September 2016
KO: 19:45 HT: 24-7 Att: 14,298

GLOUCESTER: 15 Tom Marshall 14 Charlie Sharples 13 Matt Scott 12 Billy Twelvetrees 11 Henry Purdy 10 Billy Burns 9 GREIG LAIDLAW (C) 8 Ben Morgan 7 Matt Kvesic 6 Ross Moriarty 5 Mariano Galarza 4 Tom Savage 3 John Afoa 2 Richard Hibbard 1 Yann Thomas BENCH: 16 Darren Dawidiuk 17 Paddy McAllister 18 Paul Doran-Jones 19 Joe Latta 20 Jacob Rowan 21 Willi Heinz 22 James Hook 23 Gareth Evans

SCORERS T: Scott (2), Sharples, Purdy C: Laidlaw (4) P: Laidlaw Yellow Card Kvesic

TIGERS: 15 Mathew Tait 14 Telusa Veainu 13 Peter Betham 12 Manu Tuilagi 11 JP Pietersen 10 Freddie Burns 9 Sam Harrison 8 Lachlan McCaffrey 7 Brendon O'Connor 6 Luke Hamilton 5 Dom Barrow 4 Ed Slater 3 Greg Bateman 2 TOM YOUNGS (C) 1 Marcos Ayerza BENCH: 16 George McGuigan 17 Ellis Genge 18 Dan Cole 19 Graham Kitchener 20 Will Evans 21 Ben Youngs 22 Matt Smith 23 Adam Thompstone

SCORERS T: Tuilagi, Pietersen, Harrison, O'Connor C: Burns (3), Harrison (2) P: Burns

Referee: Wayne Barnes

 

Newcastle FalconsNEWCASTLE FALCONS 19 - 17 SALE SHARKS Sale Sharks

Kingston Park - Friday 02 September 2016
KO: 20:00 HT: 10-3 Att: 5,523

FALCONS: 15 Simon Hammersley 14 Vereniki Goneva 13 Chris Harris 12 Juan Pablo Socino 11 Sinoti Sinoti 10 Mike Delany 9 Sonatane Takulua 8 Mark Wilson 7 WILL WELCH (C) 6 Evan Olmstead 5 Will Witty 4 Calum Green 3 Taione Vea 2 Scott Lawson 1 Jon Welsh BENCH: 16 Ben Sowrey 17 Alex Rogers 18 Sam Lockwood 19 Opeti Fonua 20 Callum Chick 21 Sam Egerton 22 Joel Hodgson 23 Dominic Waldouck

SCORERS T: Sinoti C: Delany P: Delany (4)

SHARKS: 15 Byron McGuigan 14 Will Addison 13 Sam James 12 Johnny Leota 11 Nev Edwards 10 AJ MacGinty 9 Mike Phillips 8 Laurence Pearce 7 TJ Ioane 6 JOSH BEAUMONT (C) 5 Andrei Ostrikov 4 Bryn Evans 3 Halani Aulika 2 Rob Webber 1 Eifion Lewis-Roberts BENCH: 16 Neil Briggs 17 James Flynn 18 Kieran Longbottom 19 Jonathan Mills 20 Magnus Lund 21 David Seymour 22 James Mitchell 23 Dan Mugford

SCORERS T: Leota, McGuigan C: Mugford (2) P: MacGinty

Referee: Greg Garner

 

SaracensSARACENS 35 - 3 WORCESTER WARRIORSWorcester Warriors

Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 03 September 2016
KO: 14:00 HT: 6-3 Att: 47,029

SARACENS: 15 Alex Goode 14 Chris Ashton 13 Marcelo Bosch 12 BRAD BARRITT (C) 11 Sean Maitland 10 Alex Lozowski 9 Richard Wigglesworth 8 Billy Vunipola 7 Schalk Burger 6 Jackson Wray 5 George Kruis 4 Maro Itoje 3 Petrus Du Plessis 2 Jamie George 1 Mako Vunipola BENCH: 16 Schalk Brits 17 Richard Barrington 18 Juan Figallo 19 Jim Hamilton 20 Michael Rhodes 21 Ben Spencer 22 Duncan Taylor 23 Mike Ellery

SCORERS  T: George, Lozowski, Burger, Spencer C: Lozowski (3) P: Lozowski (3)

WARRIORS: 15 Jackson Willison 14 Dean Hammond 13 Wynand Olivier 12 Ben Te’o 11 Cooper Vuna 10 Ryan Lamb 9 Jonny Arr 8 GJ VAN VELZE (C) 7 Marco Mama 6 Phil Dowson 5 Darren Barry 4 Tevita Cavubati 3 Nick Schonert 2 Niall Annett 1 Val Rapava Ruskin BENCH: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga 18 James Johnston 19 Christian Scotland-Williamson 20 Alafoti Fa’osiliva 21 Luke Baldwin 22 Tom Heathcote 23 Perry Humphreys

SCORERS P: Lamb Yellow Card Johnston

Referee: Matt Carley

 

Northampton Saints NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 14 - 18 BATH RUGBY Bath Rugby

Franklin's Gardens - Saturday 03 September 2016
KO: 15:30 HT: 0-6 Att: 14,987

SAINTS: 15 Ben Foden 14 Ken Pisi 13 George Pisi 12 Luther Burrell 11 Ahsee Tuala 10 Harry Mallinder 9 Lee Dickson 8 Louis Picamoles 7 Jamie Gibson 6 TOM WOOD (C) 5 Michael Paterson 4 Courtney Lawes 3 Kieran Brookes 2 Dylan Hartley 1 Alex Waller BENCH: 16 Charlie Clare 17 Campese Ma’afu 18 Paul Hill 19 Sam Dickinson 20 Teimana Harrison 21 Nic Groom 22 Stephen Myler 23 George North

SCORERS T: Groom (2) C: Myler

BATH: 15 Tom Homer 14 Semesa Rokoduguni 13 Jonathan Joseph 12 Max Clark 11 Matt Banahan 10 George Ford 9 Kahn Fotuali’i 8 Taulupe Faletau 7 David Denton 6 MATT GARVEY (C) 5 Dave Attwood 4 Charlie Ewels 3 Henry Thomas 2 Ross Batty 1 Nathan Catt BENCH: 16 Tom Dunn 17 Nick Auterac 18 Kane Palma-Newport 19 David Sisi 20 Tom Ellis 21 Chris Cook 22 Rhys Priestland 23 Jeff Williams

SCORERS P: Ford (4) DG: Ford (2) Yellow Card Cook

Referee: JP Doyle

 

HarlequinsHARLEQUINS 21-19 BRISTOL RUGBYBristol Rugby

Twickenham Stadium - Saturday 03 September 2016
KO: 16:30 HT: 15-14 Att: 47,029

 

HARLEQUINS: 15 Ross Chisholm 14 Marland Yarde 13 Joe Marchant 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tim Visser 10 Nick Evans 9 DANNY CARE (C) 8 Jack Clifford 7 Luke Wallace 6 Chris Robshaw 5 James Horwill 4 Sam Twomey 3 Kyle Sinckler 2 Rob Buchanan 1 Joe Marler BENCH: 16 Dave Ward 17 Owen Evans 18 Will Collier 19 George Merrick 20 Mat Luamanu 21 Karl Dickson 22 Ruaridh Jackson 23 Alofa Alofa

SCORERS T: Yarde, Marchant C: Evans P: Evans (3)

BRISTOL: 15 Jack Wallace 14 Ryan Edwards 13 Will Hurrell 12 Gavin Henson 11 Tom Varndell 10 Tusi Pisi 9 Will Cliff 8 Jordan Crane 7 JACK LAM (C) 6 Jon Fisher 5 Ben Glynn 4 James Phillips 3 Gaston Cortes 2 Ross McMillan 1 Soane Tonga’uiha BENCH: 16 Chris Brooker 17 Kyle Traynor 18 Anthony Perenise 19 Joe Joyce 20 Olly Robinson 21 Mitch Eadie 22 Rhodri Williams 23 Ben Mosses

SCORERS T: Varndell, Pisi, Edwards C: Henson (2)

Referee: Luke Pearce

 

WaspsWASPS 25 - 20 EXETER CHIEFS Exeter Chiefs

Ricoh Arena - Sunday 04 September 2016
KO: 15:00 HT: 8-17 Att: 13,555

 

WASPS: 15 Rob Miller 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliot Daly 12 Jimmy Gopperth 11 Josh Bassett 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson 8 Nathan Hughes 7 Guy Thompson 6 Sam Jones 5 James Gaskell 4 JOE LAUNCHBURY (C) 3 Phil Swainston 2 Tommy Taylor 1 Matt Mullan BENCH: 16 Ashley Johnson 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 Matt Symons 20 Alex Rieder 21 Joe Simpson 22 Brendan Macken 23 Frank Halai

SCORERS T: Gopperth, Robson, Taylor C: Gopperth (2) P: Gopperth (2)

CHIEFS: 15 Phil Dollman 14 Olly Woodburn 13 Ollie Devoto 12 Sam Hill 11 Ian Whitten 10 Henry Slade 9 Will Chudley 8 Thomas Waldrom 7 Julian Salvi 6 DON ARMAND (C) 5 Damian Welch 4 Mitch Lees 3 Harry Williams 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie 1 Ben Moon BENCH: 16 Jack Yeandle 17 Alec Hepburn 18 Greg Holmes 19 Geoff Parling 20 Dave Dennis 21 Dave Lewis 22 Gareth Steenson 23 James Short

SCORERS T: Waldrom, Chudley C: Slade (2) P: Slade (2)

Referee: Tom Foley

top

 

 


Previews

 

 

top